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ERIC Number: EJ926976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0144-3410
The Effects of Different Drawing Materials on Children's Drawings of Positive and Negative Human Figures
Burkitt, Esther; Barrett, Martyn
Educational Psychology, v31 n4 p459-479 2011
Children tend to use certain drawing strategies differentially when asked to draw topics with positive and negative emotional characterisations. These effects have however only been established when children are asked to use standard drawing materials. The present study was designed to investigate whether the above pattern of children's response when drawing characterised figures would alter when children are asked to use different drawing materials. One hundred and thirty-two children (69 boys and 63 girls) aged between four and 11 years were divided into two conditions and completed two counterbalanced test sessions, rating colour preferences and drawing characterised figures using either stick or block crayons. It was found that some drawing strategies varied in relation to drawing materials and in relation to the precise characterisation employed. The results are discussed in terms of the need for interpretations of emotional information in children's drawings to take account of the exact materials used. (Contains 7 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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