How is knowledge represented in project work? Forms of representation are the devices that humans use to make public conceptions that are privately held. They are the vehicles through which concepts that are visual, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, gustatory, and tactile are given public status. This public status might take the form of words, pictures, music, mathematics, dance, and the like. (Eisner, 1994, pg. 39)
Eisner's quote elegantly encapsulates the idea that a child's understanding of something can be shared in a variety of forms. For example,
The Scarf Project, provides opportunities for children to depict understanding of melodic and rhythmic movement through physical gesture.
The Cartoon Composition, provides opportunities for children to depict understanding of the expressive qualities of music through the construction of a score.
In project work, the representation of knowledge is ultimately infinite but highly dependent upon the learning environment that the teacher constructs. Thus, materials and resources that develop children's perceptions and critical thinking skills plays a key role in developing rich meaning making representation.