ERIC Number: ED449055
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
A Sociocultural Analysis of Spatial Representation in Drawings by Singaporean Children.
O'Shea, Marius Paul
Drawings on a set subject by Singaporean children were analyzed for correspondence with, or deviation from, the 14 categories used by Elliot Eisner in his 1967 study "A Comparison of the Developmental Drawing Characteristics of Culturally Advantaged and Culturally Disadvantaged Children." Masami Toku's 20 Categories of Spatial Treatment in Children's Drawings was also applied. The study sought to ascertain the incidence and type(s) of universal schema and the possible presence of any localized sociocultural influences. Data were gathered from a 200-strong sample of Secondary Two students (average age was 14) at a Singapore single-sex (boys) autonomous state school, which admits students of above-average academic ranking. The majority of the students were ethnically Chinese, with ethnically Malay and Indian also represented. Students were asked to make two drawings with a 2B pencil, each drawing to be completed in a 30-minute period. A Singaporean modified version of the Clark-Garen Drawing Instrument was used for evaluation. The results are discussed. (BT)
Descriptors: Childrens Art, Comparative Analysis, Foreign Countries, Freehand Drawing, Secondary Education, Sociocultural Patterns
Australian Institute of Art Education, C/Suite 125, 283 Glenhuntley Road, Eisternwick, VIC 3185, Australia.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Inst. of Art Education, Melbourne.
Identifiers - Location: Singapore