This study, using Basil Bernstein’s theory on pedagogical practice and instruction approaches the official contemporary Greek kindergarten curriculum focusing on the teaching of painting. This curriculum is part of the Greek compulsory education curricula that were introduced in 2003 in order to implement the decisions of the European Leaders in Lisbon 2000 in an attempt to establish a European knowledge society. The method of content analysis was applied to investigate both the kindergarten curriculum and the ‘Kindergarten Teacher’s Guide’, which comprises the official commentary on this curriculum in Greek kindergarten education. In addition, the following research questions were explored and discussed: a) What is the knowledge selection for the teaching of painting? b) What are the didactic/interactive relationships between kindergarten teachers and their pupils during the teaching of painting? And c) How are pupils’ paintings evaluated?
|Keywords:||Painting Teaching, Kindergarten Curriculum and Instruction, School Knowledge|
Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Science and Early Childhood Education, University of Patras, Patras, Achaia, Greece