International Journal of Art & Design Education

A Visual Culture Art Education Curriculum for Early Childhood Teacher Education: Re-Constructing the Family Album

Volume 27.1   2008



This article reflects on the reading and writing of an art education curriculum for teacher education centered on the biographical and social reconstruction of childhood. The foundations of this curriculum interconnect ideas from different fields like postmodern childhood studies, visual studies, and the performance of subjectivity and memory. This is an interpretative curriculum centered in narrating aesthetic encounters for imagining and producing alternative views of childhood. It stresses the relevance of biographic work in the formation of teaching identities, and constructs dialogues and connections between the private and public discourses of childhood. In this context the family album becomes a powerful resource for visual analysis, cultural critique, and subjective re-construction.