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With an extensive background in teaching and researching children’s uses of drawing, Gill Hope describes the ways in which multiple forms of drawing are used by elementary school children. She explains why it should be actively promoted as a means of supporting thinking and learning across a wide range of subject areas, and provides practical support for teachers.

Introduction: Drawing to Think
Introduction: Drawing to think

People use drawings in a whole range of contexts; even people who say they never draw. Many adults make use of sketches in the course of their everyday lives, quite apart from the work-place use of plans and diagrams for buildings, electrical circuits, flow charts of productivity or traffic movement, or for layout and product design, for example:

  • sketch maps are frequently drawn to give directions
  • people can be seen walking around do-it-yourself (DIY) stores clutching sketches of ideas and diagrams of room sizes
  • drawings are frequently used to aid explanations, of how to make or mend something
  • doodling, especially when on the phone or in meetings
  • demonstrating abstract relationships (for example, the new management structure).

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