Piagetian Perspective in Draw-a-House Tree Task: A Longitudinal Study of the Drawings of Rural Children

  • Violet Kalyan-Masih
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 14)


Drawings of “a house with a tree behind it” were analyzed for developmental changes for 3–5, 6–8, and 9–11 year old rural children. Relationship with Piagetian tasks, Peabody IQ, and WISC-R and correspondence with the Luquet-Piaget sequence of graphic representation were also investigated. Significant developmental changes in House-Tree task with repeated test effects controlled were noted. The House-Tree corresponded significantly with selected Piagetian tasks and WISC-R Block Design at all ages. Regression equations were computed for prediction. The Luquet-Piaget sequence was inferred with additional intervening strategies between intellectual and visual realism. The House-Tree task has potential for assessing cognitive development of younger children. Its use with older children of restricted mental functioning needs to be explored.


Rural Child Peabody Picture Vocabulary Symbolic Play Visual Realism Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Violet Kalyan-Masih
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  1. 1.University of NebraskaLincolnUSA

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