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The effect of the surface of simple geometric models upon children's drawings

Deregowski, J.B. and Dziurawiec, S. (1996) The effect of the surface of simple geometric models upon children's drawings. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 14 (4). pp. 413-423.

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It is generally assumed that a child drawing a geometric model will do so by depicting its edges, the surface of the model merely defining these edges as it undergoes rapid change, whilst also obscuring some other edges and thus making depiction difficult. The present study, in which drawings of three groups of about 100 children drawn from grades 3, 5 and 7 of Scottish urban schools were used, suggests that the relationship between perception of the crucial edges and the surfaces is more complex. It shows that children draw lamellar models differently from geometrically congruent wire models (which have no surfaces) and suggests that the changes in drawing with age and/or schooling are at least in part due to changes of perception and surface/edge relationships.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright: © 1996 The British Psychological Society
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