ERIC Number: ED241547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Improving the Predictive Validity of the Draw-A-Man Test as a Screening Device for School Readiness.
Simner, Marvin L.
An item analysis of Harris' scoring system for the Goodenough-Harris Draw-A-Man Test was conducted by comparing sets of protocols obtained in the early fall of kindergarten from children whose overall in-class academic performance placed them either in an at-risk category (N=21) or at the top of their class (N=38) by the end of the school year. The outcome showed that three items in Harris' system (item #9 - nose; item #30 - arm; item #46 - trunk) differentiated these two extreme groups and that by confining the scoring of additional protocols of the Draw-A-Man Test to these three items alone, an improvement over Harris' 73-item scale in predicting school achievement was obtained. However, since further evidence indicated that these three key items lose their predictive potential by the end of the kindergarten, it is strongly recommended that the use of this greatly abbreviated scoring system be limited to drawings made near the start of the kindergarten year. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Draw A Man Test
Note: A preliminary report of these findings was presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association (43rd, Montreal, Quebec, June 1982). Financial support for this investigation was provided by a grant from the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Western Ontario.