Seeing Sense: Visual Literacy as a Tool for Libraries, Learning and Reader Development

David Johnston, Education in the North

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The term ‘visual literacy’, coined in the 1960s by John Debes from Eastman Kodak, has received renewed attention recently, as the development of increasingly sophisticated and affordable digital technologies have transformed the ways that we think about literate activity. At the turn of the century Gunther Kress, James Paul Gee and others were arguing that being literate involved understanding much more than words and text and that meaning and knowledge were built up through multiple modes of representation. As part of this multi-modal turn, it is widely accepted now that images no longer exist primarily to illustrate and entertain: they are central to meaning making. Jake Hope’s new book puts the visual right at the heart of our rapidly developing understanding of literacy in the 21st Century
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-273
Number of pages2
JournalEducation in the North
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2020


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