ERIC Number: ED079974
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Some Aspects of the Reading of Visual Languages.
Debes, John L.
New approaches are needed if educators are to deal successfully with the problem of teaching children to learn to read words well. Interesting questions come to the fore if those who seek solutions to this difficulty regard the reading of words as a subset of the wider problem of reading the class of visual signs in general, which includes (1) actions signs such as body language, and (2) object signs, as well as (3) symbols (such as words). As research deepens, it seems certain that ways to offer children learning experiences better suited to their needs must lie in the reservoir of visual language they have acquired. That a child thinks nonverbally, and can express himself well visually through cartoons, visual abstractions, pictures, etc., should be reason enough to give him this kind of opportunity to build his conceptual and interpretive skills. After that, adults can base efforts to improve his skill at reading aloud upon a better developed capacity for handling visual signs in communication. (Author/PB)
Descriptors: Body Language, Children, Nonverbal Communication, Reading, Reading Development, Reading Difficulty, Reading Instruction, Reading Research, Reading Skills, State of the Art Reviews, Symbolic Language, Symbolic Learning, Verbal Communication, Visual Learning, Visual Literacy, Visual Perception
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rochester Univ., NY. Center for Visual Literacy.
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Visual Literacy (Fourth, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 1972)