Between 2003 and 2008 my wife Elizabeth and myself collected more than a thousand self-directed drawings made by three to seven year old children, accompanied by tape recordings of their utterances whilst working. This project is ongoing, however, and we are at present exploring children's humour as it is manifested in their comments when drawing. Children’s inventiveness and the formal means by which they structure their work and represent space is impressive and some of my work reflects this.

Coates, Elizabeth & Coates, Andrew (2006) ‘Young Children Talking and Drawing’ International Journal of Early Years Education Vol 14 No. 3 pp221-241

Coates, Elizabeth & Coates, Andrew (2011) ‘the Subjects and Meanings of Young Children’s Drawings’ in Dorothy Faulkner & Elizabeth Coates (Eds.) (2011) Exploring Children’s Creative Narratives, Abingdon, Oxon and New York: Routledge pp 86-110

Coates, Elizabeth & Coates, Andrew (2015) 'Recognising "the Sacred Spark of Wonder" Scribbling and Related Talk as Evidence of How Young Children's Thinking May be Identified' in Sue Robson & Suzanne Flannery Quinn (Eds) (2015) The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children's Thinking and Understanding, London and New York: Routledge pp 306-317

Coates, Elizabeth & Coates, Andrew (2015) 'The Essential Role of Scribbling in the Imaginative and Cognitive Development of Young Children'. At present published online by the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy before being published in print in the near future.


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