ERIC Number: ED084745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Cognitive Skills Development Through Art Experiences; An Educational Program for Language and Hearing Impaired and Asphasic Children.
Silver, Rawley A.; And Others
Eighteen students, 8 to 15 years of age, from six classes in the School for Language and Hearing Impaired Children in New York City, learned mathematical concepts of conservation, grouping, ordering, and a spatial orientation through procedures developed for teaching and evaluating cognitive achievement of painting and drawing tasks. The students were taught in three 40 minute classes 2 days each week. Classroom teachers participated in weekly inservice workshops. Two teaching procedures (such as locating a doll on a model landscape) were developed for each of the cognitive areas (such as sequential ordering). Nine tests were developed and administered including a pretest and posttest of cognitive skills; a drawing test of ability to select, combine, and represent; an evaluation by an art therapist-painter; and a teacher rating scale. Also, the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking was administered. Performances of the 18 children were summarized. The results indicated that the art procedures were useful in reaching conservation, grouping, ordering, and spatial orientation as well as in evaluating cognitive and visuospatial abilities and disabilities, and that art educators could go beyond art without neglecting development of art skills and values. (Appendixes contain test instruments and detailed results for all students.) (MC)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Office of Urban Education.
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services.