This research project seeks to investigate and make visible the mental processes that become activated through these activities.
A palentologist digging for dinosaur bones with a playstoric drill
Gianmaria, 5.7 years
Technique: felt tip pen on white paper with a real object
Smaller children often began with a pair, as if not only attracted to the objects but also to relations between them.
It is exactly this kind of fantastical pair, this kind of attraction for the relations between things that can seem distant from one another (sometimes object-object, sometimes body-object), that brings about the birth of interesting and surprising inventions and processes.
A vase of flowers
Luca, 5.9 years
What happens is the flowers say: "Hey, I'm thirsty"
Pietro, 6.1 Years
Technique: pencil on white paper with a real object
The teacher is inviting children towards divergent thinking, inviting them to open their minds and go from one level to another.
This gives credit to children’s ironical and metaphorical language, which is in touch with the poetical and emotional aspects through which children view the world.
A bird flying
Mattia, 3 years
The contexts adults prepare are capable of switching on and supporting a greater activation of metaphorical process.
An exchange between children and adults, is the condition whereby plays on words, hypotheses of transformation, and ironical paradox find occasions for development.
Colours going in and coming out all woven together. A rainbow comes out.
Malick, 5.5 years
Technique: coloured chalks on white A3 paper and A5 size photograph
In times like these, with so many problems affecting schools, education, and children in general, can we really afford to use our time and reflection on sophisticated, apparently lightweight, and volatile subjects like the role of visual metaphor in learning processes?
To our mind the answer is yes.
Creative thinking and knowledge are the first line of defence for freedom and equality, and therefore primary objectives that schools should be pursuing and diffusing
A FESTIVE THOUGHT
Visual metaphor in children’s learning processes
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