This study presents the way in which the creation of aesthetic quality experiences as objects of innovation contributes to improving the reading and writing skills of children between 4 and 6 in Catalonia, Spain. The concept of aesthetic quality experiences was developed by John Dewey in 1916, but was not really applied to the early stages of learning. These experiences possess certain distinctive features, among which is the fact that they are highly significant for children, and therefore enhance their motivation as they focus on the skill they are learning. The tests employed are based on a qualitative approach whereby, using a specific rubric, they measure the children’s’ phonological awareness and reading speed. The sample consists of 53 children at the same school. The study presents the results obtained, and shows an improvement both in reading and writing, assuming that learning is mediated through significant Experiences. In conclusion we can state that all the pupils show improvements in several respects, even children with learning difficulties, which suggests that we should continue to apply aesthetic quality experiences throughout nursery and primary education.
Bàrbara Pons, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Isabel Alvarez, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain