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From boys to men: Visual literacies in schools and prisons

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Author(s): Richard Jones | Lachlan MacDowall | Steve Curry

Journal: PRism Online PR Journal
ISSN 1448-4404

Volume: 4;
Issue: 3;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: public relations | research | visual literacy | research

ABSTRACT
This article examines two innovative, practice-led research projects into visual literacy and rich learning; one with 14-year-old boys at a suburban school, and the other with men in a maximum security prison. The authors identify a range of immediate benefits to the participants, including transformation from being the object of research to the roles of active subjects and co-researchers. The quality of the images produced by participants suggests that the consumption of increasingly sophisticated visual media in the spheres of entertainment and advertising can provide comprehensive training in visual literacy that is distinct from more traditional forms of education. The authors argue that the increasing stimulation of visual communication and its impact on literacy education has significant implications and opportunities for research and curriculum development. All images reproduced here are used with the photographers' permission.
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