Cognitive schemes and scripts: Research evidence from children's drawings

E. Beverley Lambert

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Children and adults unconsciously organise their knowledge and memory about things into schemes and scripts. This paper presents selected data from four research projects that explores these two theoretical perspectives through the medium of children's drawings. The paper concludes that while script and scheme theories of cognition do not provide a complete account of cognitive progression, they nonetheless have relevance for educators in understanding the cognitive frames of reference children draw upon which in turn, help to explain the diversity in children's thinking.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-80
Number of pages12
JournalNew Zealand Research in Early Childhood Education
Issue number2007
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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