A picture is worth a thousand words : an approach to learning about visuals

Carter, Merilyn Gladys, Hipwell, Patricia, & Quinnell, Lorna (2012) A picture is worth a thousand words : an approach to learning about visuals. Australian Journal of Middle Schooling, 12(2), pp. 5-15.

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Students in the middle years encounter an increasing range of unfamiliar visuals. Visual literacy, the ability to encode and decode visuals and to think visually, is an expectation of all middle years curriculum areas and an expectation of NAPLAN literacy and numeracy tests. This article presents a multidisciplinary approach to teaching visual literacy that links the content of all learning areas and encourages students to transfer skills from familiar to unfamiliar contexts. It proposes a classification of visuals in six parts: one-dimensional; two-dimensional; map; shape; connection; and picture, based on the properties, rather than the purpose, of the visual. By placing a visual in one of these six categories, students learn to transfer the skills used to decode familiar visuals to unfamiliar cases in the same category. The article also discusses a range of other teaching strategies that can be used to complement this multi-disciplinary approach.

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ID Code: 55420
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Visuals, Visual literacy
ISSN: 1445-2928
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Middle Years of Schooling Association
Deposited On: 10 Dec 2012 03:35
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2013 05:11

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