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Visual communication; do you see what I see?

Barbara L. Dutrow
Visual communication; do you see what I see? (in On the cutting edge; teaching mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry, David W. Mogk (editor))
Elements (April 2007) 3 (2): 119-126


Visual displays of data, images of subatomic to planetary-scale features, and animations of geological processes are widely used to enrich our disciplines. However, their communicative power may be dramatically different to a student and to an expert because of the need for prior knowledge and inference when interpreting visuals. To "see" equivalent visual information, the non-expert must learn the visual language of the expert. Teaching visual literacy is important to instruction at all levels and is as fundamental to a discipline as its vocabulary. The underlying foundations of visual literacy and the recognition of what one "sees" and interprets in a visual depiction are critical for enhancing student learning and for effective communication in our visually rich discipline.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 3
Serial Issue: 2
Title: Visual communication; do you see what I see?
Title: On the cutting edge; teaching mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry
Author(s): Dutrow, Barbara L.
Author(s): Mogk, David W.editor
Affiliation: Louisiana State University, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Baton Rouge, LA, United States
Pages: 119-126
Published: 200704
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 33
Accession Number: 2007-113799
Categories: General mineralogyGeneral geochemistryIgneous and metamorphic petrology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 2 tables
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 200722
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