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ERIC Number: ED408970
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Pages: 11
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A Cartographic Interpretation of Visual Literacy: An Historical Perspective.
Kovalik, Cindy L.; Lambdin, Kim
This paper presents findings from an historical investigation of visual literacy, a unique aspect being that the approach relied on the marriage of two disciplines--geography and history--which study change over time. Maps and their interpretation of data by cartographers tend to provide a foundational context that can illuminate past and present and establish connections between them. In this case, using a variety of sources, researchers mapped historical aspects of visual literacy with a geographic information system (GIS). Discussion and figures explore: (1) a time line of seminal works in critical viewing, the psychology of art, and visual literacy; (2) the acquisition and organization of the correspondence of Dr. Henry Ray, an important figure in the field, by Kent State University (location of his correspondents indicates pockets of interest in visual literacy); (3) government funding for educational programs in visual literacy; (4) media preservation efforts; and (5) visual literacy education efforts in non-school settings like museums and libraries. By overlaying a map depicting one data source with a map depicting another data source, relationships between the two data sources become more apparent than if the two data sources were described solely in a written format. (Contains 25 references.) (AEF/BEW)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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