ERIC Number: ED040743
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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The Relation of Conceptual Styles and Mode of Perception to Graphic Expression.
Lovano, Jessie J.
The perceptual-developmental research of Kagan and Witkin elicited this study of cognitive style. The work of these two researchers leads to the conclusion that differences between graphic expressions of children of the same age reflect differences in the children's mode of information processing. Specifically, this study sought to test the following hypotheses: (1) the subjects' cognitive style, as measured by the Conceptual Style Test (CST), and his mode of perceiving as measured by the Children's Embedded Figures Test (CEFT), will correlate significantly with specific criteria of his graphic expressions, and (2) analytical scores on the CST, CEFT, and graphic expressions (Drawings I, II, and III and Sophistication of Body Concept) will increase as subjects advance in grade. Affirmation of the second hypothesis would indicate a developmental trend from a global (field-dependent) mode of information processing to an analytical (field-independent) mode. The tests were administered to 114 boys, two of each grade level, from grades 2 through 6. The results, obtained from testing of sub-hypotheses, indicate general support for the second hypothesis and partial support for the first. The specific data are discussed in relation to conceptual style, perceptual mode, and graphic expression. Specific recommendations for further study of cognitive styles are made. (Author/MH)
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Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington.
Identifiers: Childrens Embedded Figures Test; Conceptual Styles Test; Sophistication Of Body Concept Test