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ERIC Number: EJ824202
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-0093-3104
Reading Visual Texts
Werner, Walter
Theory and Research in Social Education, v30 n3 p401-428 Sum 2002
Visual images within social studies textbooks need to be actively "read" by students. Drawing on literature from cultural studies, this article suggests three instructional conditions for teaching students to read visual texts. Agency implies that readers have the (1) authority, (2) opportunity and capacity, and (3) community for engaging in the task of reading in multiple ways. Seven ways of reading images are outlined--instrumental, narrative, iconic, editorial, indicative, oppositional, and reflexive--and are illustrated with instructional questions. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A