воскресенье, 12 июня 2016 г.

What Drawing with 300 Young Kids has Taught Me.

This post was published on the website Quibly. Unfortunately, this website cannot be opened now, so, I decided to publish my post with comments again. 
‘Prefigurative’ culture (Margaret Mead) is characterized by the rapid social changes and by the fact that we can learn from children. 
But what adults can learn from children? 
As the researcher, I worked with more than 300 children who are four to seven-years-old. So I decided to share some findings.
During my researches I used drawing, because it is a good way to open dialogue with small children, since they make narratives according their pictures. When you are using the same method with parents the number who refusal to paint is growing. Are the roots of it in the childhood of adults? 
When I came to one kindergarten, I noticed a child who was confused, while other children began to paint. I asked him what has happened and he said: ‘I am drawing badly’. (Clearly, he heard this assessment of his drawing ability from an adult). I answered: ‘I know you draw well’ and the child began to draw a beautiful picture. It is the main point we can learn from children – one careless word and the child will do nothing. 
What is most inspirational in children’s pictures? Their sincerity and the bravery of children to draw difficult objects and to explain what they represented. Look at the picture by a seven-year-old child (the first picture) and compare with the photo of a professional photographer, Vladimir Vobramshi (the second picture). The second point is: if we will intervene in children’s creativity, later they will be adults who fear all the new and cannot deal with it.
Boy, 7 years old

Photo by Vladimir Vobramshi

In the modern world we need boys and girls who are capable of finding and adopting new information quickly, who are not afraid of technology and being creative with technology.
We must remember that children are different: some of them are timid, some of them are adjusted critically, and some of them asked me to paint something first and only then took part in my researches. 
The third point is that children need to be heard. The first steps are the drawing and  putting narratives to the pictures in the early childhood, but when a person participates in social life and we support and not interrupt it, the person will cope with this varying world.
What have you learned from your children?

Comments on the website Quibly:
Tamara Caruso wrote: "Thank You so much for sharing your research findings. I really enjoyed it reading this, and it is was very useful. I am very interested in the research you are doing, the socialization of children in a city environment through play. I am currently researching the linguistic aspects of child socialization, and I was really touched to see in your article the following: "I asked him what has happened and he said: ‘I am drawing badly’. (Clearly, he heard this assessment of his drawing ability from an adult). I answered: ‘I know you draw well’ and the child began to draw beautiful picture" I am passionate about the influence of expressions on children and the benefits of correcting negative expressions. You know, you probably changed that child's entire adult life by saying instead: "I know you draw well". Thanks again, and good luck with all of your research.
Maria Sibireva wrote: "Dear Tamara, thank you very much for your comments. I also love your work and your attitude toward children. I know how significant the words which are saying to children. The children especially believe in the words of adults. Because of it you are doing a very good thing. Good luck with your work!

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