A Study on Early Childhood Educators’ Aesthetic Teaching Beliefs and Practices in Taiwan
AUTHOR : Yu-Ting Chen
INFORMATION : page. 21~39 / 2014 Vol.8 No.3
This study explored early childhood educators’ aesthetic teaching beliefs and practices in Yunlin, Chiayi,
and Tainan counties in Taiwan. Survey and interview methods were employed. The findings were as
follows. (1) The average of early childhood educators’ aesthetic teaching beliefs and practices was high.
Their teaching beliefs were stronger than teaching practices. (2) There were significant differences in
aesthetic teaching beliefs and practices in terms of location and educational background. (3) There was a
significantly positive correlation between aesthetic teaching beliefs and practices. (4) The interviewed
early childhood educators agreed with the importance of aesthetic education. They argued to develop
children’s aesthetic feelings through exploring nature and arts, and to guide children in appreciating
various arts and local arts. However, their difficulties were a lack of enough knowledge in arts
appreciation, and insufficient arts resources in the mountains and rural areas.