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Re: WHY JOHNNY CAN' DRAW...

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henry taylor (taylorh)
Sat, 17 Jul 1999 10:10:39 -0700


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Hand a brush to a Japanese or Chinese child and their brain shifts into =
the same modality as is used for writing and language. A very different =
experience for the non-asian child who is all prepared only to "make =
marks" -- don't you think? That may be a difference to tak into account =
in explaining the difference in skill. I also read the the asian skill =
often does not carry over to unfamiliar, unpracticed imagery and that =
when asked to draw a giraffe for example there is a tendency to revert =
to imagery mopre familiar in western classroms.

-henry

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Hand a brush to a Japanese or = Chinese child and=20 their brain shifts into the same modality as is used for writing and = language. A=20 very different experience for the non-asian child who is all prepared = only to=20 "make marks" -- don't you think? That may be a difference to = tak into=20 account in explaining the difference in skill. I also read the the asian = skill=20 often does not carry over to unfamiliar, unpracticed imagery and that = when asked=20 to draw a giraffe for example there is a tendency to revert to imagery = mopre=20 familiar in western classroms.
 
-henry
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