In this dissertation a theoretical analysis of one aspect of genetic epistemology is undertaken. This is the concept of a motility system which has two distinct components : that is, an autonomous and a reflexogenous component. They are called the primary motility system and the secondary motility system respectively. The first is related to the acquisition of conceptual structures for dealing with events not given to perception, the second to the acquisition of the physical and logico-mathematical polarities of knowing. The concrete manifestations of the first are non-discursive symbols and of the second discursive thought forms. The easel paintings of boys and girls at three, four and five years of age were analysed. Thus a behavioural item involving maximum gross motor movement was obtained. The aim was to explore the validity of the concept of a motility system which has two distinct components. The non-discursive symbols which derive from the biorhythms of the primary motility system, and which are presented in an aesthetic composition, were selected for this purpose. It is also attempted to gain some indication as to whether the reorganisation of cognitive structure which, according to genetic epistemology occurs between five to seven years of age, could also affect aesthetic development.
|Degree Type||Masters degree|