Book Chapter

The Arts, Creativity and Play

J O'Toole

Education in the Arts | Oxford University Press | Published : 2017


John O’Toole opens this chapter by focusing on very young children to show how the arts are right at the heart of how humans make sense of their experience, and that play is the basis of learning and making meaning, and also central to creativity. The arts are then identified and defined, as the terms are used in schools and in the Australian Curriculum. This is followed by a more detailed analysis of the relationship between play and the arts, using an original model of their dynamic interaction. The last part of the chapter moves to examine how the arts and their relationship with each other are conceptualised in schools, and the way in which they are most normally organised, which acknowl..

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