An international study of young peoples' drawings of what is inside themselves

Michael J. Reiss, Sue Dale Tunnicliffe, Annemarie Møller Andersen, Amauri Bartoszeck, Graça S. Carvalho, Shao Yen Chen, Ruth Jarman, Stefán Jónsson, Viola Manokore, Natalya Marchenko, Jane Mulemwa, Tatyana Novikova, Jim Otuka, Sonia Teppa, Wilhelmina Van Rooy

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    What do young people know of what is inside them and how does this knowledge depend on their culture? In this study a cross-sectional approach was used involving a total of 586 pupils from 11 different countries. Young people, aged either seven years or 15 years were given a blank piece of A4-sized paper and asked to draw what they thought was inside themselves. The resultant drawings were analysed using a seven point scale where the criterion was anatomical accuracy. However, we also tentatively suggest other ways in which such drawings may be analysed, drawing on approaches used in the disciplines of visual design and visual culture.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)58-64
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Biological Education
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2002


    • Anatomy
    • Biology education
    • Drawings
    • International study
    • Mental models


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