Envisioning the Mind: Children's Representations of Mental Processes

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dc.contributor.advisor Rott, Hans C. en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Bliznakov, Milka en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Braaten, Ellen en_US
dc.contributor.author Rice, Rebekah R. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-06T14:44:17Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-06T14:44:17Z
dc.date.issued 1990-03-14 en_US
dc.identifier.other etd-12082003-134600 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10919/9654
dc.description.abstract Inspired by writings on creativity and by Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, I conducted a series of ten "exercises" -- each of them a guided visualization followed by an opportunity to produce -- with nine- and ten-year-old students. The visualizations, which were designed to encourage the students to explore some of the many ways our minds have of knowing and learning, began with a simple relaxation exercise and proceeded to more challenging exercises involving, for instance, kinesthetic learning, sensory awareness, the logical and linguistic mind versus the spatial mind, and intra- and interpersonal intelligence. Following each visualization the students discussed what they had experienced (transcripts of the visualizations and the discussions are included in the thesis). The students responded in visual terms as well: after each visualization, each student created a two- or three-dimensional piece of art from materials such as matboard, construction and origami paper, glue, felt-tip pens, pipe cleaners, and plastic-coated wire. These visual responses have been photographed, described, and scored according to the number of materials used, the number of colors used, and the dimensionality of the piece (photos, descriptions, and scores are included in the "Gallery". I found, surprisingly, that the visualizations in which the students were the most imaginatively engaged did not always produce the most interesting art, and that girls were much less likely than boys to create three-dimensional pieces, although girls tended to use more colors and occasionally used relief on otherwise two-dimensional pieces. en_US
dc.format.medium ETD en_US
dc.publisher Virginia Tech en_US
dc.relation.haspart RRRice.pdf en_US
dc.rights The authors of the theses and dissertations are the copyright owners. Virginia Tech's Digital Library and Archives has their permission to store and provide access to these works. en_US
dc.source.uri http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-12082003-134600 en_US
dc.subject Creativity en_US
dc.subject Children's Art en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.subject Three-dimensional en_US
dc.subject Multiple Intelligences en_US
dc.title Envisioning the Mind: Children's Representations of Mental Processes en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.department Architecture en_US
dc.description.degree MArch en_US

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