The Role of Drawing in Kindergarteners’ Science Observations

A nice study:

Although some scientists believe that scientific observation skills are discipline-specific, public school science curricula for many American states require teachers to begin teaching children to observe scientific phenomena in kindergarten. This study examines the role that drawing played as 15 kindergarteners drew their observations of live animals in the classroom and then responded to an interviewer’s questions about what they had observed. The findings indicate that drawing helps children to remain focused on what they are seeing and to respond factually to the interviewer’s questions.