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The copying of upright and tilted squares by Swazi children and adults

Broderick, P. and Laszlo, Judith I. (1989) The copying of upright and tilted squares by Swazi children and adults. International Journal of Psychology, 24 (3). pp. 333-350.


100 Swazi children (aged 5–12 yrs) and 20 rural and 20 urban Swazi adults (aged 17–60 yrs) were assessed on the ability to copy squarely and obliquely oriented squares under 5 conditions. The children and rural adults had difficulty in copying the obliquely oriented square, while the urban adults easily produced the shape. All Ss could perceive the shapes and program the required movements. Apparently, planning the fine movements of drawing can be learned, improves with age, and requires practice. Where planning is more complex (e.g., oblique orientation), the lack of practice and requirement in Swazi rural schools may delay skill acquisition.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology
Publisher: Psychology Press
Copyright: Psychology Press
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