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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: Sunni, you say below: 'The behavior pattern seems to be that when individuals are seen using visual language (doodling, sketching or drawing), they're either made fun of, asked to focus on the topic at hand, chastised or scolded publicly, or even punished. It borders on lunacy, quite frankly, and it happens all the time.'

    Let me give another perspective from the UK. I am a teacher and teach senior high students. I make extensive use of the kinds of visualisations you promote. I am not only a firm believer in them myself, but I actively encourage my students to make use of them too.

    But here's my challenge: the students themselves. Many (not all) are so wedded to the more conventional note making approach that I find it a constant challenge to win them over to using this kind of approach too.

    Have you any tips on how I might more easily win the students over to the benefits of visualisations? I make it with a significant number of them, but it can take some time. And with some others, we never really get there!!

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