ERIC Number: ED023451
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Visual Perceptions in Early Childhood.
Western New Mexico Univ., Silver City.
Over a period of three years a group of 510 rural children participated in a study of visual perceptions, including eye motor coordination, discernment of figures in a ground pattern, form constancy, position in space, and spatial relations, as measured by the Frostig Visual Perceptions Test. Visual perceptions of children of other cultures were compared to those of children of the dominant Anglo-Saxon culture. The relationship of visual perceptions to cultural deprivation was also studied. The development of children's visual perceptions over a period of 18 to 25 months and the effectiveness of various types of programs in improving a child's visual perceptions were investigated. Results of testing showed that all rural children scored low in form constancy. Culturally deprived children scored lower in all perceptions, but visual perception handicaps were sometimes as great as eight times that o f control group children. The valus of the Frostig developmental training program was demonstrated. Pupil progress was retained for at least one academi c year. The study concludes that visual perception handicaps result from cultural deprivation rather than from participation in a nondominant culture. Implications are that rural children would benefit from form constancy training during their first year at school. (MS)
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Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Western New Mexico Univ., Silver City.
Identifiers: Frostig Developmental Test of Visual Perception; Project Head Start