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The Measurement of Achievement in Drawing: Further Explanation of the Scale


by Edward L. Thorndike - 1913

The most useful definition of zero, or ' just not any,' merit in the drawing of a child 8 to 15 is a drawing which is a draw ing—not a scratch, a writing, a daub or a mere random product of muscular activity,—but which has just not any merit as a representation of its intended object, as a statement of its in tended fact, or as a thing of beauty—which fails to portray or inform or please. We require, that is, that it be the beginning point of merit in drawing, not in motor power in general, and that it be the beginning point. Drawing a (Fig. 6) as a pic ture of a man is approximately such a zero of merit. It is a drawing, but only by chance would L be recognized as a man, and it surely has no beauty as a design. Some judges would rate it as below the beginning point of merit in drawing, and a few would rate it as-above, but it surely is not far from zero as defined.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 14 Number 5, 1913, p. 16-17
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10204, Date Accessed: 6/1/2020 2:45:16 AM

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