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Sacred Structures: Assembling Meaning, Constructing Self

  • James Haywood RollingJr.Email author
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Part of the Educating the Young Child book series (EDYC, volume 12)

Abstract

This book chapter tells a story of several meaning-making projects situated within the pedagogical orbit of an elementary school art studio. These are recounted in order to discover analogies and equivalencies between the effort to construct an identity as an imaginatively produced text and the effort to make meaning from materials and ideas. The assembly of a representative array of meanings from a stock of accessible materials and ideas creates the baseline structures for an evolving identity framework. This is so fundamental an activity, even a child can do it. Moreover, all young learners must do this brand of work in response to the expectation that they gainfully figure themselves out in the context of society each and every time they attempt to (re)make meaning.

Keywords

Making meaning Sense Intertextuality Tacit knowledge Identity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Syracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

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