ERIC Number: ED200892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Visual Literacy: Foundation for Comprehension.
Kossack, Sharon W.; Bader, Barbara
It is necessary to provide a comprehensive program of visual literacy skill development to provide a firm foundation for reading comprehension. A taxonomy of visual literacy can suggest an outline for such a program. Once the student has been made aware of the desired thought processes in familiar contexts, it is then appropriate to guide the student to translate the same visual understandings to less familiar, more varied contexts. Visual interpretation begins with the student identifying appropriate visual elements on the basis of direct definition or description, since part of the problem regarding visual illiteracy is the inability to associate the correct element with the appropriate descriptor. Though visual literacy enhances comprehension, it also has potential as a generic, nongraded, nonthreatening, remedial strategy for the older student. It can provide a foundation for comprehension processing prior to the student's encounter with written discourse. Once the logic of comprehension is built by having students interact with classroom situations, share movies or television shows, discuss pictures and oral stories, the oral and visual processes developed by these means can ease the transition into similar processes in written language. This transition phase helps guide students into the notion that written language has meaning and that this meaning has logic that is familiar to their experiences. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Regional Conference of the International Reading Association (6th, Norfolk, VA, November 12-15, 1980).