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The Child’s Representation of the World

Editors: Butterworth, George (Ed.)

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Although central to theories of cognitive development, the concept of representation remains subtle and elusive. This collection of papers reflects a variety of individual emphases, none of which are mutually exclusive. The papers have been arranged in four groups, mainly along lines of related subject matter but also to illustrate different aspects of the development of representation. In Piaget's theory, representation is defined as "the making present of an object which is not present to the senses" (Furth 1969). Representation has both a figurative and an operative aspect. The organisation of the content of the representation (the figurative aspect) depends on the operations of thought or on the schemes co-ordinating action. This use of the term is applic­ able both to internal representations, such as visual images and to external representation, such as children's drawings. However, it presupposes no necessary relation between a mental image and a graphic representation. The first part of the book consists of papers on children's drawing. The operative aspect of representation emerges in the serial ordering problems encountered by young children who produce "tadpole" figures (Freeman Chapter 1). The figurative aspect of graphic representation is vividly illustrated by the drawings of the autistic child Nadia (Selfe Chapter 2). One further issue which emerges concerns the relation between linguistic and graphic representation.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • How Young Children Try to Plan Drawings

    Freeman, Norman

    Pages 3-29

  • A Single Case Study of an Autistic Child with Exceptional Drawing Ability

    Selfe, Lorna

    Pages 31-48

  • Production Strategies in the Child’s Drawing of the Human Figure: Towards an Argument for a Model of Syncretic Perception

    Bassett, Elizabeth M.

    Pages 49-59

  • A Discussion of Some Sex Differences in a Study of Human Figure Drawings by Children Aged Four-and-a-half to Seven-and-a-half Years

    Willsdon, John A.

    Pages 61-71

  • Naming of Parts: How Children Describe and How Children Draw Common Objects

    Litt, Lawrence

    Pages 73-80

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eBook $84.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Child’s Representation of the World
Editors
  • George Butterworth
Copyright
1977
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Plenum Press, New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4684-2349-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4684-2349-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4684-2351-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 240
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