ERIC Number: ED178218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
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Piagetian Perspective in Draw-a-House Tree Task: A Longitudinal Study of the Drawings of Rural Children in the State of Nebraska, U.S.A.
Children's drawings of "a house with a tree behind it" were analyzed for (1) developmental changes in graphic representation over a 3-year period; (2) relationship with Piagetian tasks (the Nebraska Wisconsin Cognitive Assessment Battery of the NC-124), Peabody IQ, and WISC-R; and (3) correspondence with the Luquet-Piaget sequence of graphic representation - scribbling, fortuitous realism, failed realism, intellectual realism, and visual realism. Forty 3-year, 41 6-year, and 40 9-year old children from rural Nebraska were tested in 1976, 1977, and 1978. Additional cohorts were added in 1977 and l978 as controls for repeated test effects. The total sample consisted of 121 3-, 6-, and 9-year-old children in 1976, 173 4-, 7-, and 10-year-old children in 1977; and 244 5-, 8-, and 11-year-old children in l978. Developmental changes in performance on the House-Tree task were significant, even with repeated test effects controlled. Performance corresponded significantly with performances on the selected Piagetian tasks and WISC-R Block Design at all ages. Regression equations were computed for prediction. The Luquet-Piaget sequence was inferred with additional intervening strategies between intellectual and visual realism. The House-Tree task appears to have potential for assessing the cognitive development of younger children. (Author/SS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Nebraska Univ., Lincoln. Agricultural Experiment Station.
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