The Changing Role of Visual Representations as a Tool for Research and Learning


Author: Vasiliki Spiliotopoulou-Papantoniou

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World

This book deals with the role of visualization in science, mathematics and technology education. It is based on both literature review and specific research data from different fields. It aims to provide accounts of types and characteristics of visual representations in school textbooks, to construct taxonomies and examples of their categories, while exploring their potential for students’ learning. This book also focuses on students’ experiences with selected visual representations of their textbooks and reveals which aspects of them students are able to discern and investigates the role of visual representation as a research tool and argues for the value of visual representations as tools of expression of students’ own thinking and ways of experiencing the world.



1. Introduction pp.1-10

2. Textbooks’ Vrep pp.11-28

Case Study 1: VRep of Internet in School Textbooks

Case Study 2: VRep in the Textbook of Economics

3. Students’ Experiences with VREP pp.29-50

Case Study 1: Students and VRep of Mathematics Textbooks

Case Study 2: Students and VRep of Informatics Textbooks

Case Study 3: Students and VRep of Chemistry Textbooks

4. Visual Representations and Research on Students’ Thinking pp.51-60

5. Student-teachers and VREP pp.61-74

Secondary student-teachers experiences with VRep

Student-teachers developing a digital story about moon and telescopes

6. Concluding Thoughts pp.75-78

Acknowledgements pp.79-80

References pp.81-90

Index pp.91-96

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