Emotion, Expression, Explanation
Edited By András Benedek and Kristof Nyiri
Visual Representation as Self-expression in Pedagogical Practice: Possible Explanations of Adolescents’ Symbol Drawings
Visual representation is a very comprehensive concept. It can have many different forms, such as a photograph, a diagram, an emblem, an assembly instruction, an advertisement and a pictogram or a traffic sign. In this paper a visual representation means a drawing or a painting.
Even if I restrict my investigation about drawings or paintings to the pedagogical context, it still remains a wide area. We can use these representations in education as an illustration. Drawings talk about history, geography, biology. In some cases pictures give us important information about society, about rules, about allowed or prohibited behaviour. Pictures are natural indicative denotations and they make our communicative system complete.1 In our cogitation the visual and the conceptual parts integrate each other. Pictures are able to convey such complex notions which the verbal is not. A picture, a drawing can be a way of communication. The two main parts of communication are the verbal and nonverbal. In education the verbal part is absolutely dominant; however, we can use drawings consciously as a tool of nonverbal communication.
The following pictures are illustrations of this statement (Figures 1–3). Figure 1 is a drawing by a Roma boy. He made it after an argument with the headmaster of the school. At first he was drawing this figure without eyes, but while he was making it, he gradually calmed down. At last he looked at his paper and said: “Wow, now see that this...
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