The development of representational flexibility in children’s drawings: the influence of task

Author/s M. Camilloni, D. de Bernart, G. Pinto
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2011/2
Language Italian Pages 20 P. 151-170 File size 379 KB
DOI 10.3280/RIP2011-002001
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This study aims at investigating representational flexibility in children’s drawing behaviour and the extent to which changes introduced are related to age and can be induced by contextual manipulations. Children’s drawings of homes have been studied to determinate when and how children become capable to differentiate their pictorial products in response to different pictorial instructions. The study was conducted on 99 subjects, aged between 6 and 10 years old. A specific coding system was developed to detect strategies of deviations from canonicity. The results indicate that flexibility improves with ages and that older children are more capable to use more complex pictorial strategies of differentiations than younger children.

Keywords: Drawing, cognitive development, representational change, task’s influence

M. Camilloni, D. de Bernart, G. Pinto, lo sviluppo della flessibilità rappresentativa nel disegno infantile: l’influenza del compito in "RICERCHE DI PSICOLOGIA " 2/2011, pp 151-170, DOI: 10.3280/RIP2011-002001