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ERIC Number: EJ829140
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb-11
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Scholars See Comics as No Laughing Matter
Viadero, Debra
Education Week, v28 n21 p1, 11 Feb 2009
Once fuel for mass book burnings, comic books are gaining a foothold in the nation's schools, with teachers seeing them as a learning tool and scholars viewing them as a promising subject for educational research. Evidence of the rising credibility of Spiderman, Batman, and Archie came last month when Fordham University's graduate school of education in New York City hosted what was billed as the first academic conference on "Graphica in Education." The January 28 event drew 125 teachers, scholars, artists, and publishers from across the country and featured presentations on everything from "aesthetics of action heroes" to "critical literacy and graphic novels in the classroom." The term "graphica" takes in "manga," which are Japanese-style graphic novels; "art graphic novels," which refer to both fiction and nonfiction literary works that blend visuals and text; and more traditional comic books of the X-Men variety. Still, proponents of the educational uses of comics admit that the medium retains a bit of a stigma among educators, some of whom see the books as "subliterature." Even some students still sniff at the idea. However, the supporters do not necessarily argue that graphica should replace literary classics, either. Instead, teachers can use graphic representations of Shakespearean plays, "Beowulf," and other works to help students make a transition to the real thing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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