ERIC Number: ED373889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
A Cross-Cultural Study of Young Children's Performance on Drawing and Handwriting Tasks.
Huntsinger, Carol S.; And Others
A study sought to determine whether differences in drawing performance, creativity, and the related skills of visual discrimination, fine muscle coordination, and spatial ability exist between second-generation Chinese-American and Caucasian-American young children. It also sought to determine which parental beliefs and practices are associated with the performance difference, if one exists. A total of 40 Chinese-American preschoolers and kindergartners and 40 Caucasian-American preschoolers and kindergartners were given the Test of Early Mathematics Ability-2 and the Draw-A-Person Test, along with visual discrimination, spatial relations and name writing tasks. Parents were interviewed and given a questionnaire on demographic information and educational attitudes. The results indicated that Chinese-American young children were more advanced in their drawing and handwriting than were Caucasian-American children. It was also found that Chinese-American parents set aside more time each day for the child to focus on fine muscle activities than did Caucasian-American parents. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference (Chicago, IL, May 5-7, 1994).