An introduction from the course developer Dr Vicki HargravesNeed help?
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Welcome to the course.
My name is Vicki Hargraves, and I’m really delighted to be guiding you through this course on visual arts and inquiry. I have many years’ experience as an early childhood teacher and as an early childhood centre leader, and for most of that time I’ve been really passionate about learning about children’s thinking and their theorising. I’ve been lucky enough to visit the early childhood centres of Reggio Emilia in the Reggio Emilia region of Northern Italy, and I’ve also completed a PhD, and part of that I focused on the different ways that we can think divergently and creatively, and the kind of tools and materials that help us to do that. I’ve also dabbled in the visual arts for my own enjoyment and interest over the years, but even so, I’ve been challenged by some of the ideas and concepts that I’ve come across as I’ve put together this course for you. So I hope that you also have the chance to revise and review and expand your theories and practice and pedagogies for the visual arts, and as you’ll see from our fabulous case studies that we’re going to share with you during the course, the possibilities for complex thinking, learning and art making are awe-inspiring!