ERIC Number: ED223222
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
A Theoretical Model for Understanding the Visual Event.
Hortin, John A.
One theoretical model for understanding the visual event suggests that a visual event has both a surface (descriptive) and a deeper (experience) level of understanding. Both levels are needed to comprehend and appreciate images, with each level affecting the other. A person's perspective is an important part of the visual event, which depends upon personal background, the actual visual event experience (amount of involvement, sensations, effects), and the reflection afterward. Perception of structure and elements also influences and is influenced by the individual's background, the experience of the "seeing," and the reflection upon that "seeing" experience. This model is still incomplete, and the necessary supportive empirical evidence may be difficult to obtain until more is known from research efforts in related fields. Students should be taught that seeing a visual event is more than a data collection process. By using mental images, exploring intuition, and examining their visual perceptions, students can find a deeper level of understanding as a basis for concept formation and thought. This paper includes 50 references. (Author/LMM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AECT Research and Theory Division Meeting; Image Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Research and Theory Division (Dallas, TX, May 1982). For other papers, see IR 010 442-487.