Children's drawing and painting from a cognitive perspective: A longitudinal study

Elizabeth Lambert

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This paper describes a longitudinal study undertaken with 40 pre-schoolers during their last six months in an early childhood centre and their first six months at school. The study presents an investigation of the pathways that child drawers and painters make towards representational depictions. As such its primary focus is on cognitive processes. Monthly samples of 40 children's drawings and paintings were collected over a 12-month period that included the children's transition into formal schooling. CrossTabs analysis showed that the relevant cognitive abilities tended to present in clusters and that patterning may be a serious component both in its own right, as well as in facilitating representational depictions, as previously claimed by Booth.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-269
Number of pages21
JournalEarly Years
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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