Investigating young children's human figure drawings using Rasch analysis

Campbell, Claire, and Bond, Trevor (2017) Investigating young children's human figure drawings using Rasch analysis. Educational Psychology, 37 (7). pp. 888-906.

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The Goodenough–Harris Drawing Test (GHDT) is a non-verbal assessment designed to infer young children’s levels of intellectual development and understanding via the collection of three human gure drawings (HFDs) – one each of a man, a woman and a self-portrait. This paper presents ndings from a research project that applied the Rasch model for measurement to HFDs collected from 246 children aged between 4 and 10 years to assess the psychometric properties of the GHDT assessment, and young children’s HFDs in general, as the GHDT had not yet been examined from a modern test theory perspective in full. Results indicated that: (1) the GHDT and children’s HFDs were apt for Rasch analysis and deemed to be generally psychometrically sound; and (2) that children performed almost identically (within error) on all three HFDs collected for the assessment, suggesting that the collection of three HFDs – as well as many of the 217 items which comprise the GHDT – was potentially redundant. Consequently, a prototype human gure drawing continuum (HFDC) was constructed from those data and examined. Rasch analysis revealed that the researcher-constructed 45- item HFDC scale – requiring just one self-selected HFD of a man, woman or child – was just as effective as the 217-item GHDT. The HFDC, when normed, should be seen as a parsimonious and child-friendly HDF assessment.

Item ID: 49592
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1469-5820
Keywords: children’s drawings; Rasch analysis; goodenough–harris drawing test; human figure drawings
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2017 22:18
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390302 Early childhood education @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390402 Education assessment and evaluation @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement @ 50%
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