Precursors of Reading: Pattern Drawing and Picture Comprehension

  • S. Farnham-Diggory
Part of the Nato Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 5)


I would like to acknowledge Dr. Siegler’s elegant demonstration of the first point I would like to make — that readiness is not magic. There are always going to be mechanisms — some particular things that a child must do in order to succeed on a task. Dr. Siegler has shown how a task involving the balance beam can be analyzed, in order to pinpoint certain mechanisms. I am going to be analyzing two other tasks which — like the balance beam — are typically found in kindergartens: pattern drawing, and picture comprehension.


Decision Time Picture Comprehension Kindergarten Child Vacuum Cleaner Balance Beam 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Farnham-Diggory
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  1. 1.University of DelawareNewarkUSA

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