ERIC Number: ED179228
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr-18
Reference Count: 0
Insights on Visual Capacities from Perceptual and Cognitive Styles.
Ragan, Tillman J.
This paper presents the thesis that a perceptual rationale for visual literacy may be found in operational form within what is measured by established tests of cognitive style. Ten primary dimensions of cognitive style are briefly reviewed, including field independence-field dependence, impulsivity-reflectivity, visual-haptic, leveling-sharpening, constricted-flexible control, breadth of categorization, scanning, tolerance for unrealistic experiences, cognitive complexity-simplicity, and conceptualizing styles. Results of these tests are compared with tests for reading readiness and perceptual development designed for use with preschool age children. A conclusion is drawn as to the feasibility of visual literacy programs contributing to perceptual development. References include a bibliography, test instrument sources, and figures which depict sample items from selected test instruments. (Author/RAO)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Kansas City, MO, April 17-21, 1978)