ERIC Number: ED054185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Assessment of Affective Responses Conducive to Esthetic Sensitivity. Final Report.
Child, Irvin L.
This study sought to develop new measures of children's understanding and tolerance of affective qualities, and to relate those variables to the development of an aesthetic orientation toward visual art. The use of these new measures in the present research leads to the following conclusions: (1) No regular age change appears in the correlation among individuals between liking for a picture and recognition of its affective qualities; (2) With increasing age, affective qualities of pictures are recognized with greater accuracy and questionnaire measures of general tolerance for ambiguity, complexity, emotion, and novelty increase very markedly; (3) On most of the pairs of pictures presented for children's choices, previous findings that the tendency to prefer the work experts consider aesthetically better increases with age; (4) Tolerance of affective qualities of pictures is, within each sex and grade group, positively correlated with the questionnaire measures of general tolerance for ambiguity, complexity, emotion, and novelty; (5) Measures of preference for art considered aesthetically better by experts are, in the 12th grade, positively related to all of the other measures. (Author/CK)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Yale Univ., New Haven, CT.