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ERIC Number: EJ1052264
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2065-1430
Several Characteristic Features of Children's Representations
Dulama, Maria Eliza; Ilovan, Oana-Ramona; Vanea, Cornelia
Acta Didactica Napocensia, v2 n4 p75-90 2009
The purpose of our research was to test the following hypothesis: 6 and 7 years old children's representations were strongly influenced by the environment they lived in. Representations are interiorised models of objects, phenomena and events, independent of present use of our senses and of the presence or absence of objects. We realised our research in Gradinita cu Program Normal Floresti/Floresti Kindergarten, Cluj county, during the 2008-2009 school year. The sample was represented by twelve children in their last year of kindergarten, preparing for school. We analysed nine of those children's drawings. We identified the representations that appeared in several of children's drawings and in the same child's drawings for several times, then we identified for each child her or his singular representations and compositions as a reflection of the world they were living in or of an imaginary world. After analysing children's drawings we realised that it confirmed the hypothesis that 6 and 7 years old children's drawings were influenced strongly by their environment. We noticed the following: kindergarten children's representations were very diverse, but they were characterised by a certain peculiarity of the place they inhabited; some objects appeared more often than others, and that meant that kindergarten children knew them better and could represent them graphically more easily; kindergarten children preferred drawing familiar objects that they had drawn before; some drawings included the essential features of the represented objects and that proved that kindergarten children had the respective concept and could represent it in drawings, while one could not identify other objects without writing down what the child said he or she meant.
Babes-Bolyai University. Kogainiceanu 1, Cluj-Napoca, 400084 Romania. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Romania
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