Group work during visual art activities to reduce indecisiveness

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dc.contributor.author Thuketana, Nkhensani Susan
dc.contributor.author Westhof, Liesel
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-12T08:48:26Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-12T08:48:26Z
dc.date.issued 2018-11-20
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND : The Foundation Phase in education provides the primary building blocks for children’s foundation and development. From personal experiences as educators, we observed that young learners who work together in small groups during art activities gain selfconfidence faster than indecisive learners who work alone. Indecisive learners become hesitant and lack confidence when they are allowed own choices during art activities. In line with Vygotsky’s social constructivism, this article assumed that social interaction fosters learning and development in learners. AIM : The aim of this study was to observe whether group work promotes decisive behaviour and self-confidence in learners. SETTING : A group of five Grade R learners in a privately owned pre-primary school in Pretoria was targeted for the purpose of this investigation. METHODS : This article followed a qualitative approach in the form of a multiple case study that focused on four young learners who showed indecisive behaviour and one learner who showed decisive behaviour during a visual art activity. Learners’ conversations and participation were observed and recorded as they used photographs and artefacts in the group art activity. RESULTS : Over time, the four indecisive learners had improved and gained confidence towards decisiveness. These results support Vygotsky’s theory that skilled learners can scaffold the unskilled ones to reach their full potential. CONCLUSION : The results in this article point to the importance of collaborative learning in classrooms to improve confidence and decision-making. It is, therefore, recommended that teachers use a group work strategy to improve learning and decisiveness in classrooms. en_ZA
dc.description.department Early Childhood Education en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2019 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.sajce.co.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Thuketana, N.S. & Westhof, L., 2018, ‘Group work during visual art activities to reduce indecisiveness’, South African Journal of Childhood Education 8(1), a447. https://DOI.org/10.4102/sajce.V8i1.447. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2223-7674 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2223-7682 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/sajce.V8i1.447
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/70696
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS en_ZA
dc.rights © 2018. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Grade R en_ZA
dc.subject Group work en_ZA
dc.subject Visual art activities en_ZA
dc.subject Decisive behaviour en_ZA
dc.subject Self-confidence en_ZA
dc.subject Foundation phase en_ZA
dc.title Group work during visual art activities to reduce indecisiveness en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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