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ERIC Number: EJ844263
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
Using Visual Literacy to Help Adolescents Understand How Images Influence Their Lives
Zambo, Debby M.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v41 n6 p60-67 Jul-Aug 2009
Students with physical disabilities face challenges because of the way they look, communicate, or behave. What children see--the visual--is often central to what they think, and in today's world the thinking of adolescents is being influenced by images more than ever before. Both still and moving images are capturing the attention of adolescents and teaching them many things. Images teach adolescents about the world and how others experience life. But images can encourage harmful thoughts. Adolescents use images of movie stars, models, and athletes to determine standards of beauty for themselves and decide who will make a good friend. This article provides a strategy educators can use to teach adolescents about visual literacy, or how to read images and think critically about what they see. This strategy is designed for students both without and with physical disabilities. Students without disabilities are targeted because they often use images to set standards of beauty for themselves and their peers, including those with disabilities. Students with physical disabilities (e.g., cerebral palsy, seizures, muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain injury, ambulatory problems, etc.) are targeted because they often feel the injustice images promote. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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