ERIC Number: EJ825511
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 16
Supporting Visual Literacy in the School Library Media Center: Developmental, Socio-Cultural, and Experiential Considerations and Scenarios
Cooper, Linda Z.
Knowledge Quest, v36 n3 p14-19 Jan-Feb 2008
Children are natural visual learners--they have been absorbing information visually since birth. They welcome opportunities to learn via images as well as to generate visual information themselves, and these opportunities present themselves every day. The importance of visual literacy can be conveyed through conversations and the teachable moment, as well as through planned instruction. Understanding developmental, sociocultural, and experiential considerations that affect their understanding of visual information will help support their growth in this area. Supplying children with opportunities to practice analysis and construction of visual material can provide rewarding avenues of expression, as well as exciting paths toward communication and learning through visual literacy. In this article, the author examines sociocultural and developmental considerations that affect children's understanding of visual information and presents three examples from her own school library classes in which children were encouraged to communicate ideas visually and use images to convey information.
Descriptors: Visual Aids, School Libraries, Visual Literacy, Literacy, Library Services, Children, Picture Books
American Association of School Librarians. Available from: American Library Association. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Tel: 1-800-545-2433; Web site: http://www.ala.org/aasl/kqweb
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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