Critical Conversations About Big Ideas in Art Using Paideia Seminar A Focus on Early Elementary Settings

Kristina Ayers Paul*, Juliana Tay

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Abstract

Paideia Seminar is a method for facilitating Socratic discussions about different types of texts, whether they be texts in the literal sense of the word or any other object that represents ideas or values. In this article, we describe how teachers can implement Paideia Seminar to spark deep thinking and rich discussion among early elementary students using works of art as the focus. The value in using images for Socratic discussion with younger students is that the barriers of literacy are removed, allowing students with big ideas to participate regardless of their literacy level. This strategy is especially useful for challenging gifted thinkers who are not yet proficient readers. Here we describe the process of developing and facilitating Paideia Seminars with art in early elementary settings. Resources, ideas, and sample seminar plans are also provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-113
Number of pages9
JournalGifted Child Today
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Paideia
  • Socratic discussion
  • critical thinking
  • early childhood education
  • gifted education

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