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Teaching and learning environment with visual representations in the second grade of primary school

Urška Frelih Meglič (2016) Teaching and learning environment with visual representations in the second grade of primary school. MSc thesis.

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    Abstract

    Human being's functioning largely depends on visual perception and cognition of the world. Even the world in which we now live provides us with more and more information by means of words and images. The same also applies for schools. Acquisition of learners' knowledge includes more and more image information, and for this purpose this master's thesis demonstrates the strategy of working with visual representations. Teachers are often not well aware that managing visual representations requires systematic observation and associating with prior knowledge and experience. Only at that stage does the visual representations becomes an important source for expanding knowledge and not only a means of variegating lessons or motivating learners. In this thesis we concentrated on using visual representations in lessons on learning about the environment in early education years. This is actually the school subject that in connection with exploring the environment broadens learners' knowledge horizons. However, since observation of the actual environment is often impossible, the environment is presented by means of visual representations. For this reason the theoretical part of this thesis presents different kinds of visual representations that can be found in textbooks for learning about the environment. The strategy of working with visual representations is part of procedural learning so it is necessary that it is dedicated considerable time. It is of course essential to know the legality of procedural learning which leaves permanent marks on learners and can be transferred between subjects. What is important for working with visual representations is also knowing the language of arts which affects the process of perception with its legality. The ultimate objective of this thesis is to introduce the strategy of working with visual representations in lessons on learning about the environment in the 2nd grade when teaching literacy is not over and a text is not a basic starting point for acquiring new knowledge. We performed an action research which demonstrated that it is worth spending some extra time on systematic work with visual representations as the final results showed significant progress in working with visual representations.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: learning about the environment, visual representations, procedural learning, strategy of working with visual representations
    Number of Pages: 172
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Maja UmekMentor
    doc. dr. Beatriz Gabriela Tomšič ČerkezComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=10985545)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 3442
    Date Deposited: 04 May 2016 14:05
    Last Modified: 04 May 2016 14:05
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/3442

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