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ERIC Number: EJ941877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0261-510X
The Impact of Meaning and Dimensionality on the Accuracy of Children's Copying
Sheppard, Elizabeth; Ropar, Danielle; Mitchell, Peter
British Journal of Developmental Psychology, v23 n3 p365-381 Sep 2005
Studies of intellectual realism have shown that children aged 7 to 9 copy a line drawing of a cube less accurately than a non-object pattern composed of the same lines (Phillips, Hobbs, & Pratt, 1978). However, it remains unclear whether performance is worse on the cube because it is a three-dimensional representation, or because it is a meaningful object, or both. The accuracy with which twenty 7-year-old and twenty 9-year-old children reproduced 16 line drawings of two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects and non-objects was assessed. Older children copied all types of drawing more accurately than younger participants, and children of all ages copied two-dimensional drawings more accurately than three-dimensional. Meaningfulness interacted with dimensionality for ratings of drawing accuracy, assisting the copying of two-dimensional drawings, but having no impact on the copying of three-dimensional drawings. For an objective measure based on position, length, and orientation of line, meaningfulness interacted with age group, being beneficial for 7- but not 9-year-olds. Overall, the results imply that, contrary to previous suggestions, meaningfulness can actually be beneficial to copying.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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