International Journal of Education & the Arts

Volume 9 Number 6

June 10, 2008

Understanding, Experiencing, and Appreciating the Arts:
Folk Pedagogy in Two Elementary Schools in Taiwan

Yu-Ting Chen
Nanhua University, Taiwan

Daniel J. Walsh
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Citation: Chen, Y-T. & Walsh, D. (2008). Understanding, experiencing, and appreciating the arts: Folk pedagogy in two elementary schools in Taiwan. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 9(6). Retrieved [date] from
Drawing on Bruner's notion of folk pedagogy, this research explores how Chinese aesthetic education is perceived and valued at two elementary schools in Taiwan. Using qualitative methods, the research explores how arts teachers guide children to experience arts through the arts curricula in school and the local culture. The study reveals that the two schools share a respect for nature and a concern for local culture. The seven arts teachers' folk pedagogy includes the desire to connect beauty and arts learning, develop children's aesthetic feelings, cultivate children's character, and integrate arts into everyday life. The teachers' shared views provide a broad picture of these folk beliefs in Taiwan as well as a cultural lens for examining aesthetic education in Taiwan and the larger Asian culture.

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