A picture is worth a thousand words : a cross-curricular approach to learning about visuals in STEM

Carter, Merilyn Gladys (2012) A picture is worth a thousand words : a cross-curricular approach to learning about visuals in STEM. In 2nd International STEM in Education Conference, 24-27 November 2012, Beijing, China.

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Visuals are a central feature of STEM in all levels of education and many areas of employment. The wide variety of visuals that students are expected to master in STEM prevents an approach that aims to teach students about every type of visual that they may encounter. This paper proposes a pedagogy that can be applied across year levels and learning areas, allowing a school-wide, cross-curricular, approach to teaching about visual, that enhances learning in STEM and all other learning areas. Visuals are classified into six categories based on their properties, unlike traditional methods that classify visuals according to purpose. As visuals in the same category share common properties, students are able to transfer their knowledge from the familiar to unfamiliar in each category. The paper details the classification and proposes some strategies that can be can be incorporated into existing methods of teaching students about visuals in all learning areas. The approach may also assist students to see the connections between the different learning areas within and outside STEM.

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ID Code: 58948
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: visuals, visual literacy, pedagogy, STEM
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 09 Apr 2013 03:54
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2013 15:41

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