Coat

September 21, 2012

Went back to the coat today. It’s still there.

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Gesell on drawing

September 21, 2012

“Drawing should be systematically utilized as a developmental test, if for no other reason than the fact that it leaves its own objective record. The record frequently needs qualifying and interpretative comment, but to a considerable extent it tells its own story…It may be nothing more than a banging staccato or a faint fugitive scrawl but it belongs to the record.”

Gesell, A. (1930) The Mental Growth of the Pre-School Child. New York: Macmillan.

The Gesell tests

September 20, 2012

During her first year of infancy Alpha was tested using a set of diagnostic procedures devised by Dr Arnold Gesell, Professor of Child Hygiene and Director at the Yale Psycho-clinic at Yale University in the 1920s. The tests were designed to diagnose defective development in human infants. “An interpretation of developmental status in relation to chronological age and personal-social environment is the diagnostic basis for safeguarding the mental welfare of the pre-school child. Developmental diagnosis is essential to the mental hygiene of infancy” (Gesell, 1930: 8).


“…the hygiene of the pre-school child is gradually coming under systematic social control” (Gesell, 1930: 14).

Gesell’s ‘Syllabus of normative items’ included tests of motor control including: postural control, locomotion, prehension, drawing and hand control (M40 to M48). At 12 months many normal human infants showed the behaviour of scribbling spontaneously when presented with a drawing implement. By the age of 18 months the normal human child would imitate someone drawing and would be able to make a stroke. Abilities that developed later included:
M43 — Copies circle (24 to 48 months)
M44 — Copies diamond in ink (from 60 months)
M46 — Coördinated tracing (36 to 60 months)
M47 — Steadiness Fish test
M48 — Draws a man (48 to 60 months)

The report on Alpha’s first year, during which she was tested using the Gesell syllabus records her progress in M40 as follows:


Around the same time (1931-2) another infant chimpanzee, Gua, who had been adopted into the home of psychologist, W. N. Kellogg for the purpose of comparison with the Kelloggs’ own son Donald, was also given the Gesell tests and was successful in making marks ‘after a brief demonstration by the examiner’ (Morris, 1962: 17).

September 20, 2012

Found this old coat the undergrowth on the way to the station last time. I’m not sure if I can use it somehow but full of wood lice. Hang it from a tree and see if anything crawls out.

Second week

September 16, 2012

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First week

September 9, 2012

Sunday morning

September 9, 2012

Bright sunshine here again – blue sky and dazzling white buildings. I keep thinking I’m abroad

opening presentation

September 8, 2012

Showing of Project Nim last night – interesting discussion about the naivity of adopting a chimpanzee into a free-living 1970s Manhattan household and the harshness of the change in environment when the growing Nim was moved to caged facility with other captive chimpanzees.

 

September 5, 2012

Location:Tracing the drawings

tools

September 1, 2012

Lock Dividers