Communities of Practice: Art, Play, and Aesthetics in Early Childhood

  • Christopher M. Schulte
  • Christine Marmé Thompson

Part of the Landscapes: the Arts, Aesthetics, and Education book series (LAAE, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Christine Marmé Thompson, Christopher Mark Schulte
    Pages 1-4
  3. Charles R. Garoian
    Pages 185-196
  4. Laura Trafí-Prats
    Pages 197-211
  5. Christopher M. Schulte
    Pages 213-228

About this book


Reflecting contemporary theory and research in early art education, this volume offers a comprehensive introduction to new ways of thinking about the place of art, play, and aesthetics in the lives and education of young children. Enlivened by narratives and illustrations, 16 authors offer perspectives on the lived experience of being a child and discovering the excitement of making meaning and form in the process of art, play, and aesthetic inquiry.


Advocates of the arts and play in early childhood have long challenged the narrative of the universal child and contested binaries such as adult/child, play/learning, and mind/body. Communities of Practice: Art, Play, and Aesthetics in Early Childhood is pivotal because it elegantly portrays subtle yet critical shifts in thinking. This collection of perspectives from around the globe poses new questions and offers up fresh perspectives. Each chapter explicates theoretical inspirations and includes stories and images to bring ideas to life. This book is an essential read because it not only challenges conventional thinking, but also sheds light on exciting new pathways.” Jolyn Blank, University of South Florida, USA


Early childhood Visual arts Qualitative studies Digital aesthetics Multidimensional play Ethical collaborations between children and adults Ethico-aesthetic

Editors and affiliations

  • Christopher M. Schulte
    • 1
  • Christine Marmé Thompson
    • 2
  1. 1.The Pennsylvania State UniversityState CollegeUSA
  2. 2.The Pennsylvania State UniversityState CollegeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-70643-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-70644-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1573-4528
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-0069
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