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ERIC Number: EJ1052558
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: EISSN-1527-9316
Learning to See the Infinite: Measuring Visual Literacy Skills in a 1st-Year Seminar Course
Palmer, Michael S.; Matthews, Tatiana
Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v15 n1 p1-9 Feb 2015
Visual literacy was a stated learning objective for the fall 2009 iteration of a first-year seminar course. To help students develop visual literacy skills, they received formal instruction throughout the semester and completed a series of carefully designed learning activities. The effects of these interventions were measured using a one-group pretest-posttest study design where students were asked to look at two different--but stylistically similar--paintings and write a response to the following two questions: what do you see and what do you think it means? Students' responses were analyzed based on the visual evidence they recorded and the strength of their arguments using Toulmin's argument model. After instructional interventions, paired t-tests indicate that students made significantly more basic (t(15) = 4.291, p < 0.001) and advanced observations (t(15) = 2.440, p = 0.014), offered more supporting visual evidence for their best-supported claims, and made stronger connections between their claims and the visual evidence.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia