Conceptions of art in Hong Kong preschool children

Kit Mei Betty WONG

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This paper reports part of a phenomenographic inquiry into arts education in early childhood. Research studies into how young children understand and conceive their early arts experiences are limited. In documenting children's views, this study contributes to an understanding of arts education in a preschool context, and raises possibilities for improving arts pedagogy. Twenty-seven young children aged five to six, studying in the same class at a Hogn Kong preschool, participated in the study. Through semi-structured interviews, the children were asked to describe their art experiences in preschool. The children's conceptions of their experience fell into five categories: (1) Art in human nature, (2) Art is a task, (3) Art is a process, (4) Art is a products, and (5) Art is a mystery. Copyright © 2007 Early Childhood Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-36
JournalAustralian Journal of Early Childhood
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007


Wong, K.-M. B. (2007). Conceptions of art in Hong Kong preschool children. Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 32(4), 31-36.


  • Arts
  • Study and teaching (Early childhood)
  • Early childhood education
  • Education, Preschool
  • Arts and children
  • Cartoons and children


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