Graphic symbolisation: A means of expression and a tool for thought

Aurora Leal

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Studies on the use of different symbolisation systems enable us to examine internal representations and their role as tools for exploration and organisation. The present paper deals with forms of graphic symbolisation, specifically, the drawings of a publicity poster for a short film made by a group of subjects (41 boys and girls aged between 8 and 16 years). The film depicts a girl taking a pen that does not belong to her. The various interpretation models in the film are analysed based on: the elements that each subject has selected for the poster, the graphic resources employed, and its overall meaning. The results reveal an evolution in children's representations of the film. Analyses of subjects' graphical resources pose further questions on the relations between representation and symbolisation. © 2006 by Fundaciǒn Infancia y Aprendizaje.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-218
JournalInfancia y Aprendizaje
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006


  • Children
  • Development
  • Drawing
  • Graphic resources
  • Organising models
  • Representation
  • Symbolisation systems
  • Writing


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