ERIC Number: ED408946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
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Old Dad and Edna St. Vincent Millay: Tools For Humanizing the Visual.
Cramton, Elizabeth; Kissick, Beverlee R.
Preparing students to be both constructors and consumers of visual information will be an important responsibility for all teachers. This will mean giving learners the tools to go beyond what is merely visual to the deeper, human meanings that lie beneath. One important way that educators can prepare students to be wise visual consumers is to help them define their own frames of reference. A simple activity that can have meaning for students of any age is where participants first look straight ahead and describe what they see and then change positions; with each new shift of position comes a new view of their world. The lesson of this activity is that flexibility increases visibility. Students who understand can examine how the meanings of common symbols change based upon individual perspective. Teachers can construct observational activities to help students discover if all of them are "seeing" the same thing; however teachers choose to use this activity, it will be important that participants share their results with each other, since this will reinforce the connection between perspective and attitude. Another way for students to discover how powerful visual symbols are is to construct some for themselves. One activity is to have students draw a symbol of themselves. The challenge for educators is to help students learn to recognize what they have to gain by learning to discover meanings behind visuals from more perspectives than their own. (AEF)
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Note: In: VisionQuest: Journeys toward Visual Literacy. Selected Readings from the Annual Conference of the International Visual Literacy Association (28th, Cheyenne, Wyoming, October, 1996); see IR 018 353.