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ERIC Number: ED089697
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Sep
Pages: 43
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"The Tree Looked Lonely So I Took Its Picture": Visual Awareness in Children's Photography.
Young, Vivienne; Wright, E. N.
A research project investigated the extent to which children's visual awareness and visual literacy were developed through photography. Thirty-four elementary school students were provided with Polaroid "Big Swinger" cameras; they were given one roll of film per day for eight weeks and allowed to photograph whatever they liked. After three weeks the pupils were supplied with a series of art reproductions and professional photographs to serve as stimuli. A random sample of the final total of 3,480 pictures taken was analyzed in terms of subject matter, style, theme, and technical competence. Results indicated that people were the chief subject matter of the snapshots and that there was little change in this factor over the duration of the project. However, the pictures did change in style and theme after the stimuli were presented, indicating that the children sought new ways to use their cameras. In addition, technical competence with the camera increased. It was concluded that experiences with the medium of photography promoted visual awareness. (Author/PB)
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Authoring Institution: Toronto Board of Education (Ontario). Research Dept.