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ERIC Number: EJ790183
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3532
Assessing Visual Arts Talents of Hong Kong Chinese Gifted Students: The Development of the Impossible Figures Task
Chan, David W.
Journal for the Education of the Gifted, v31 n3 p240-260 2008
The Impossible Figures Task (IFT-28), which consisted of 28 possible and impossible figures assembled for brief exposure and recognition, was completed by 297 Hong Kong Chinese gifted students. Expert judges (N = 2) rated these students' drawing abilities based on their performance on 2 drawing tasks adapted from Clark's Drawing Abilities Test (Clark, 1989). The IFT-28 scores correlated substantially and significantly with expert ratings of drawing abilities, and with mental rotation test scores. IFT-28 also was found to be sensitive to age effect. The conjecture that IFT-28 scores could reflect drawing abilities and possibly indicate visual arts talents was generally supported even when the effects of age and general spatial ability were controlled for in partial correlation analyses. A brief version (IFT-9) based on retaining 9 figures that discriminated students with high drawing abilities from those with low drawing abilities was suggested as a possibly more sensitive measure for screening students with talents in visual arts. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong