Can Children's Visual Register be an Aid to Accessing Knowledge of Religion?

Aidan Gillespie

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It would seem that children are becoming more literate, or at the very least, they are beginning to develop different literacies to keep up with the fast pace of the technological revolution. As adults, most of us would acknowledge that we are less literate in technology than our younger counterparts. However, I would argue that while children demonstrate amazing literacy skills both in the traditional sense as well as in the sense of information technology (IT) and its applications, visual literacy as a tool for interpretation is still at a basic level and in need of nurturing. The term ‘visual literacy’ can mean many things but for the purpose of this discussion it can be defined as the ability, ‘to discriminate and interpret the visible actions, objects, symbols, natural or man-made, that he encounters in his environment’ (Debes 1968) or ‘The active reconstruction of past visual experiences with incoming visual...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenging Perceptions in Primary Education
Subtitle of host publicationExploring Issues in Practice
EditorsMargaret Sangster
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781472578402, 9781472578396
ISBN (Print)9781472578389, 9781472578372
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2015

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