Chiselled Horizons: A Multi-Cultural Approach to Visual Literacy


Chiselled Horizons: A Multi-Cultural Approach to Visual Literacy


Edited by Taina Brown and Alejandro Mieses Castellanos

Year: 2016

Format: eBook (PDF)

A multi-cultural approach to decoding visual patterns present in mass-media, with the purpose of developing creativity-based alternative forms of education that foster collaboration and critical thinking

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Shaping visual literacy has been at the forefront of contemporary discourse, as images have increasingly surpassed words in becoming the primary vehicles to persuade our emotions. Visually encoded domains of symbols and signs inform the educational, public and entertainment industries increasingly as an undifferentiated whole, aided by globalizing media forces in various forms. Whether top-down, peer-peer, one-to-may, or many-to-many, this volume attempts to derive sets of rules used to visually decode patterns present in certain media formats – press, cinema, television and maps, among others – and the place of the spectator in their respective dynamics. The topics discussed transition through various approaches to deconstruct mass media influences to engage critical thinking skills, and ending with a collection of chapters dedicated to exploring their effects upon children, and the capacity to be implemented to foster collaboration-based creative learning environments.

Introduction: Visual Literacy and Creative Engagements across the Global Village
Tracey Bowen

Part I Articulating Literacy through a Lens

Text and Image: Looking back in History with Contemporary Lenses
Mariann Larsen Pehrzon

Having Sex at a Car Crash: Visual Literacy in the Blink of an Eye
Terryl Atkins and Wayne Egers

Embodied Architectural Practice and Design Literacy
Matthew Dudzik and Marilyn Corson Whitney

Revealing the Layers of the Rocks: A Visual Reinterpretation for an Urban Historical Site
Fang Xu, Yixiang He and Imad Khan

Part II Decoding Mass Media Influences

Problems in the Visual Communication of Quantities in the Portuguese Press
Susana Pereira, José Azevedo and António Machiavelo

Synthesizing the Gaseous State: The Role of Applied Programming on Theory
Alejandro Mieses Castellanos

The Iconography of Globalization
Víctor Manuel Quintero León

She, on the Other Hand: The Crossroads of Feminist Scholarship and Visual Literacy
Taina Brown

Can Children’s Television Encourage Children’s Creativity? Israeli TV Producers’ Discourse
Yuval Gozansky

Part III Creative Approaches to Participatory Learning

Making Play-Based Learning Work: Integrating Life Skills Content into a Play-Based Summer Day Camp
Fay Fletcher, Therese Salenieks, and Alicia Hibbert

The Kings and Queens of Kagoma Gate: Children Making Their Moves out of Poverty
Ann Fantauzzi, Marisa van der Merwe and Patricia Fennell

Towards a Pedagogy of Amazement and Proximity: A Conceptual Model to Promote Critical and Creative Thinking at School
Clara Romero-Pérez and Luis Núñez-Cubero

Taina Brown a recent graduate of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. She has a B.A. in Women’s Studies and is currently pursuing graduate opportunities in education. Her research interest is in finding ways to make classrooms more inclusive and equitable spaces for students and educators.

Alejandro Mieses Castellanos currently works as an Interaction Designer and as an Adjunct Professor, Coordinator and Researcher at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Architecture. His research attempts to map the movement of knowledge and its physical manifestations through the urban environment.