ERIC Number: ED427073
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
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First Grade or Not? Using Children's Artwork as a Tool in Determining Reading Readiness.
Hale, Judy Ann; Boozer, Sandra T.
The use of young children's art work in the assessment of reading readiness was studied through a qualitative research design. Subjects were 12 transitional-first-grade students from an elementary school, each of whom was treated as a case study. Artwork was collected from each child each month of the school year and reading levels were recorded. By the end of the school year, three of the students were still in the preschematic stage of art development (objects represented randomly in space) with marked improvement being demonstrated in their emergent reading levels. Two students were in transition to a schematic stage of art development (connectedness of items in drawing) with growth in their reading levels. Six students had progressed into the schematic stage of art development, and all but one were in the fourth stage of emergent reading. The 12th student had progressed into the schematic stage of art development and his reading had advanced to the second emergent reading level. Findings suggest that children's artwork may offer insights into children's literacy development. (Contains 11 tables and 10 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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