The use of graphic symbols in infancy: how early can we start?
Authors: Da Fonte, Maria Alexandra; Taber-Doughty, Teresa
Source: Early Child Development and Care, Volume 180, Number 4, May 2010 , pp. 417-439(23)
Abstract:The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate if infants at three developmental ages could respond using graphic symbols during a choice-making task. An alternating treatment design was used to illustrate infants' response when presented with two types of graphic symbols. A total of nine items were presented to each infant and were randomly selected from suggestions provided by caregivers. No significant difference between the two graphic symbols was found. Results indicated consistency of preferred graphic symbol selection across infants in each of the three age groups. Differences among patterns of communicative behaviours across age groups were observed.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Educational Studies, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA
Publication date: 2010-05-01