ERIC Number: ED208949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
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The Influence of Styles, Text Content, Sex, and Grade Level on First, Second, and Third Grade Children's Preferences for Artistic Style.
Ramsey, Inez L.
This study was designed to answer the following question: which of four commonly used art styles (photographic, representational, cartoon, and expressionistic), employed in children's tradebooks, would first, second, and third grade children prefer when (a) pictures only were viewed, and (b) text content (informational or fanciful) accompanied presentation of the pictures? The effects of sex and grade level on differences were also investigated. Subjects (N=225) were randomly assigned to four treatment groups, in each of which presentation of the two conditions was varied. For example, Group 1 was first presented with pictures only and then with pictures and informational text while Group 2 was first presented with pictures only and then with pictures and fanciful text. In each condition the set of pictures given to each subject reflected the four different art styles. Subjects were asked to rank order their preferences for these styles on a 4-point scale. Results supported the hypotheses that styles, text content, and grade level would affect picture preferences. Results were interpreted as providing some support for the viewpoint that illustrative style should be chosen to complement literary content. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Art Preference; Childrens Preferences