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ERIC Number: ED138977
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Theoretical Context of Visual Literacy: Understanding the Nature of Two Types of Knowledge.
Clark, Earl D.; Clark, Marilyn P.
This paper develops a theoretical context for the concept that visual literacy involves a specific type of information processing that has been discussed in the literature on symbolism and epistemology for a number of years. Literacy is discussed first, as a general process of information processing involving the generation of knowledge through the mediation of symbolic forms; this allows the concept to be applied to nonlanguage symbols. A distinction is made between two types of knowledge, the theoretical symbolic (the domain of language) and the qualitative symbolic (the nonlingual symbol). The perceptual context for the qualitative symbolic is discussed. Perception is treated as the basis for communication, which involves attitudes, knowledge, communication skills between individuals, and the social and cultural context in which these attributes are located; this leads to the assertion that our knowledge of reality is governed by our visual literacy. The notion of levels of abstraction is then introduced and related to both the theoretical symbolic and the qualitative symbolic and, in turn, to the concept of visual literacy. (AA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Visual Literacy (Nashville, Tennessee, March 1976)