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ERIC Number: EJ1140400
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0157-244X
Student Visual Communication of Evolution
Oliveira, Alandeom W.; Cook, Kristin
Research in Science Education, v47 n3 p519-538 Jun 2017
Despite growing recognition of the importance of visual representations to science education, previous research has given attention mostly to verbal modalities of evolution instruction. Visual aspects of classroom learning of evolution are yet to be systematically examined by science educators. The present study attends to this issue by exploring the types of evolutionary imagery deployed by secondary students. Our visual design analysis revealed that students resorted to two larger categories of images when visually communicating evolution: "spatial metaphors" (images that provided a spatio-temporal account of human evolution as a metaphorical "walk" across time and space) and "symbolic representations" ("icons of evolution" such as personal portraits of Charles Darwin that simply evoked evolutionary theory rather than metaphorically conveying its conceptual contents). It is argued that students need opportunities to collaboratively critique evolutionary imagery and to extend their visual perception of evolution beyond dominant images.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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