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A presentation of Walter Werner's 2002 article titled Reading Visual Texts published in Theory and Research in Social Education

A presentation of Walter Werner's 2002 article titled Reading Visual Texts published in Theory and Research in Social Education

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  • Reading Visual Text
    A review of Walter Werner’s 2002 article in Theory and Research in Social Education
  • Call to use students’ agency to enhance visual reading
    Active and critical capacities to understand and know
    Framed by the Birmingham tradition of Cultural Studies
    Movement rooted in Marxist thought and informed by the work of Antonio Gramsci
    Cultural hegemony
  • Peter Seixas’ call for centering social education around cultural studies
    What does this image tell us about Lincoln the Emancipator?
    "The Coming Man's Presidential Career, à la Blondin" by Jacob Dallas. Harper's Weekly, Aug 25, 1860, p. 544
  • Three conditions for reading visual texts
    Authority
    Opportunity and Capacity
    Community for Engaging
  • Authority
    “If students are to engage in multiple readings of an image, they need to be positioned as interpreters”
  • Open?
    Closed?
    Figure 1: “The Industrial Revolution.” Source: William McNeill, The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1963), 743. © by the University of Chicago.  All rights reserved. 
    http://www.bu.edu/historic/staley.html
  • Opportunity and Capacity
    “Multiple readings of images disturb taken-for-granted assumptions underlying “reading” itself (‘Why are different readings possible?’), and focus on the interplay between text and reader.”
  • Ways to Reading Visual Texts
    Instrumental
    Narrative
    Iconic
    Editorial
    Indicative
    Oppositional
    Reflexive
    Closed
    Resource
    Storyline
    Icon
    Editorial
    Index
    Positioning
    Mirror
    text as
    Open
  • Werner, 2002, p. 408
  • Instrumental
    Narrative
    Iconic
    Editorial
    Indicative
    Oppositional
    Reflexive
    Figure 3:  “Hammurabi’s Great Society.”  Source: Source: William McNeill, The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1963), 57. © by the University of Chicago.  All rights reserved. 
    http://www.bu.edu/historic/staley.html
  • Community
    “Multiple readings of images require a supportive classroom discourse (i.e., norms, beliefs, practices, and exemplars) that encourages student authority in reading, and provides ongoing opportunity to engage with multiple readings.”