Relationships Between Procedural Rigidity and Interrepresentational Change in Children's Drawing Behavior
Article first published online: 23 MAR 2007
Volume 78, Issue 2, pages 522–541, March/April 2007
How to Cite
Picard, D. and Vinter, A. (2007), Relationships Between Procedural Rigidity and Interrepresentational Change in Children's Drawing Behavior. Child Development, 78: 522–541. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2007.01013.x
- Issue published online: 23 MAR 2007
- Article first published online: 23 MAR 2007
The present experiments were aimed at testing Karmiloff-Smith's (1992) assumption that representational flexibility in drawing behavior requires the relaxation of a sequential constraint. A total of two hundred and forty 5- to 9-year-old children produced cross-category drawings (e.g., a house with wings) in 4 conditions. The results indicated that procedural rigidity declined as representational change improved. The decline in procedural rigidity occurred before representational change attained its highest level. This decline was related to a greater ability to manage early interruptions of the procedures, not to a greater ability to modify the usual feature sequencing. It was concluded that rigidity in routine development could act as a sequential constraint on interrepresentational change.