Constructing the human figure drawing continuum: one scale is 'good enough'

Campbell, Claire, and Bond, Trevor (2016) Constructing the human figure drawing continuum: one scale is 'good enough'. In: Zhang, Quan, (ed.) Pacific Rim Objective Measurement Symposium (PROMS) 2015 Conference Proceedings. Springer, Singapore, pp. 15-27.

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Florence Goodenough developed the world's first non-verbal assessment designed to infer children's levels of cognitive development and understanding via the collection of a single human figure drawing (HFD) of an adult male. Goodenough's doctoral student, Dale Harris, augmented her original Goodenough Draw-a-Man Test (DAMT) to create the Goodenough-Harris Drawing Test (GHDT). The revised and extended GHDT required children to draw an adult female and a self-portrait in addition to the original requirement of a male HFD. Harris completed this revision and extension in spite of the fact that there was no empirical evidence indicating that a single male HFD was actually insufficient for the task. The study reported herein applied the Rasch model to the GHDT and found that the whilst the GHDT and children's HFDs were apt for Rasch analysis and deemed to be generally psychometrically sound, Harris' revision and extension contributed little beyond what could already be established by Goodenough's original requirement of just one male HFD. In the interests of parsimony and lessening test-load, a more culturally, socially and educationally relevant prototype Human Figure Drawing Continuum (HFDC) was identified and examined. Rasch analysis revealed that the researcher-developed 45-item HFDC – requiring just one self-selected HFD of either a male, female or child – was just as effective as the three component and 217-item GHDT.

Item ID: 45626
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-981-10-1686-8
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Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2016 23:57
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390402 Education assessment and evaluation @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390302 Early childhood education @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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