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ERIC Number: ED429881
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 82
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Adolescents' Drawings: A View of Their Worlds.
Chula, Marleyne
This qualitative study investigated the medium of drawings as a methodological technique for visual data analysis. The study explored graphical symbols as an additional source for descriptive, interpretive inquiry. The design focused on gaining insight into the perceptions of adolescents' experiences as expressed by the visual narratives in their drawings. Written narratives and participant interviews provided additional information. Classroom teachers participated in teacher/researcher collaboration. Participants, 58 adolescents from two middle schools with contrasting socioeconomic and ethnic neighborhood characteristics, illustrated responses to four topics: self perception, personal achievement, inspiring teachers, and ideal future environments. Following content analytic procedures, the drawings were coded systematically and themes were inferred. Findings revealed that drawings are useful as a singular source of interpretive inquiry when symbols are descriptive and explanatory. When more than one drawing by an individual is examined, relationships between symbols can be interpreted to give a more complete picture of the individual's perceptions. When interpreting beyond what is visible and descriptive, other methodological techniques, such as narratives and interviews, are necessary to clarify ambiguous and vague symbols. Drawings are traditionally used in elementary schools to enhance conceptual understanding. This study showed that strategies for middle school instruction can be augmented with drawings as a technique to display understanding of learner knowledge. Further, as a tool for research in education, drawings can be used to gain insight into teacher instructional practices, learning environments, and the quality of teacher/student rapport. Contains 8 figures and extensive illustrations. (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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