ERIC Number: ED338360
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Early Development of Children's Ability To Analyze Hierarchical Patterns and Reproduce Them from Memory.
Dukette, Dianne; Stiles, Joan
Previous literature on children's visual pattern perception has suggested that preschool children may process hierarchical forms in a manner different from that of older children and adults. Data from some studies suggested that children are holistic processors of pattern information, while other studies characterized children as piecemeal processors. In this study, 4-, 5-, 6-, and 8-year-olds and adults were asked to draw four different hierarchical stimuli, two composed of letters and two of geometric forms. In the memory condition, each stimulus was presented for 5 seconds and then removed from view. The subject was then asked to draw it. This procedure continued until all four forms had been drawn. The control condition was identical, except that each model remained in view until the subject was finished drawing it. Results indicated that, contrary to earlier reports in the literature, younger children, like the older children, reproduced the global and local levels of the hierarchical forms with equal facility in both the copy condition and the memory condition. Four figures showing the reproduction task stimuli, the scoring scales, scores of drawing quality in memory and control conditions, and actual drawings of subjects are appended. (Author/GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Analytic Ability; Pattern Drawing Test
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Seattle, WA, April 18-20, 1991).