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Sunni Brown

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Why is visual literacy discouraged in most cultures & WHAT CAN WE DO to change that?

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Visual literacy, if described as the ability to communicate via doodling, drawing, and sketching or described as the ability to display complex information in visual language formats, is often a literacy missing in adults despite it being a universal and natural inclination in children. Why does it disappear? And more importantly, what can we do to alter this course?

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  • Oct 31 2011: I thought historically (back in the day), not using visual elements for education was a sign of being a rich and educated. If you couldn't read, it was probably because you didn't go to school and if you didn't go to school it probably meant you were not rich enough to do so. I see reading as just another input mechanism to the mind so that you can take textual data, convert it into visual data. Come to think of it, visual elements are the way we learn. There is something to say about emotional elements as well, but that's for another conversation. I think the trend is changing, if the overall objective is to get a person to learn about "A", does the mechanism for teaching that concept really matter? Heck, O'Riley's "Head Start" series is focused on displaying programming elements and methods through the use of visual examples. I don't think it disappears, I just don't think enough of visual teaching is being performed.

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