Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Legacy Department



Eckhoff, Angela

Committee Member

Linder , Sandra

Committee Member

Stegelin , Dolores


The Visual Arts are an important part of the daily life of an early childhood classroom. Through drawing, painting, and other expressive media, young children develop early representational skills. These skills are an important component of early literacy development. This paper documents an action research project that took place in a 4K classroom. The aim of the project was to understand why the children in this classroom did not voluntarily spend time writing and drawing in the arts center while also working on strategies for promoting the children's use of the arts center and representational experiences. This research provides support for the integration of action research projects in early childhood classrooms while offering early childhood educators strategies to promote representational experiences with young learners.