Visual Literacy In Visual Education

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The idea d of visual literacy seems to be stemming from the Constructivist philosophy that the child is an active constructor of knowledge rather than passive receiver of information. Therefore, the child should be enabled to construct his own knowledge about the visuals.that he/she is exposed to. Feldman(1976)used Chomsky’s idea of “Universal Grammar” to suggest that the grammar of visual language is innate. Also, people have been depending upon the visuals for years. For instance, long before the invention of the printing press people used t use cave paintings as a medium of communication. Moreover, historicists have interpreted these cave paintings as a source of communication According to the poet Simonides, “Words are the images of things”…show more content…
According to Bamford (2003), visual literacy is the key to obtain information, construct knowledge and build successful educational outcomes (as cited in Harif and Hashim, 2009) Visual aids can be a helpful tool in the language classroom as Mannan (2005) points out they ‘help the teacher to clarify, establish, correlate and coordinate accurate concepts, interpretations and appreciations, and enable him to make learning more concrete, effective, interesting, inspirational, meaningful and vivid’ (p.108). A Case Study on the usage of Multimedia Visual Aids in the English Classroom was conducted at at Margarita Salas Secondary School in Majadahonda that aimed to prove that multimedia visual aids can help to enhance students’ learning and facilitate teachers’ work. The results clearly showed learners’ positive attitude towards the use of visuals in the language classroom. Also, the students indicated their desire to have more classes based on multimedia visuals. Studies show that learning through visuals promote thinking and learning as opposed to traditional lectures and verbal description. West (1997) conveys an innovative mathematics approach whereby students “do” mathematics rather than “watch” mathematics. The technique emphasizes learning through interactive graphics without

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