Visual literacy & critical thinking: connections between school and real life

VET -teacher for the future

VET -teacher for the future

Critical thinking, a important skill for 21st century,  explores of language in many forms.

These practices show students that language is never neutral. Visual literacy is the ability to read texts in an active, reflective way to understand better  power, inequality, and injustice in human relationships. But it  differs from student to student because they have different interpretations.


To the teachers:

-Teachers, through Visual literacy, can facilitate the development of critical thinking encourage students to social problem and institutions like family, poverty and education..

-Teachers who practice critical pedagogy provide a student- centered environment in which dialogue is  encouraged and the student can read multiple texts…

Design of Visual critical activity  ” Slum called Morro do Alemão”

Visual literacy  focuses on the relationships between language, power and  social problem, but the  students cannot think critically if they do not have the information about the topic.

Context:  Police invades  ” Morro do Alemão” – ( big slum) Rio de janeiro – November/ 2010

Fonte: Google - Morro do Alemão - Rio de Janeiro

Fonte: Google – Morro do Alemão – Rio de Janeiro

Source these pictures: Folha de São Paulo newspaper

Visual  literacy looks different in every classroom, based on the subject matter and the population of students, there is no formula for how teachers engage students in  critical literacy. YOU DO YOURS!

1- Motiation,    you can ask the students  about  social  problem in Morro do Alemão after  you can  show a videoclip ….. or a print text.. or a film…etc

 2- Answer the question in group 

Visual Literacy

Visual Literacy

1- What’s going on in this picture?

2- What are you  looking at?

Visual Literacy

Visual Literacy

3-which contrast the author shows in the picture?

Visual Literacy

Visual Literacy

4-How do you interpret the whole text?

5-Who could be the main audience?

Visual Literacy

Visual Literacy

6- What body language is shown by the people in the picture?

7-How do you interpret this text?

Visual Literacy

Visual Literacy

8- Based on what you know about, list three things you might infer from this photograph

Visual Literacy

Visual Literacy

9- What questions does this photograph raise in your mind?

10-what kind of comparison or equality  the author is showing? Explain the metaphor.

Visual Literacy

Visual Literacy

11-What is the relationship between the image and the displayed text message

12-Who could be the main audience?

Visual literacy

Visual literacy

13-What does this image mean to you?

14-Write a brief summary of what you think the photo is about.

3- The students will share the point of view among the groups with  help of  Dialogical approach.

Dialogical approach is a cooperative activity of reflection, transformation and sharing of idea in group and it helps the student to be a critical thinker.

4- The student will write  the answers  in their blogs and send the link to the teacher.

The students must have a blog . It is a kind  of strategy write with audience. Segundo Rower (2005). the most effective way to engage these students in learning is  just create an authentic audience, giving them a sense that someone else (besides teachers and parents) cares about their work. Authentic audience (other than the teacher) to improve student writing. and Audience  bring the agency. Rowen (2005, 22) discovered “Students take more care in their writing when they know their writing will be on display for all to see. Powerful interactions with real audiences allow students to receive feedback about their work and provide educators with an opportunity for authentic assessment.

5- The teacher , when  receive the link  students’ blog,  will share with colleagues  some  blog  to  that they can write to the student´s blogs their  opinion about the student´s work.

Short conclusion

For us, critical thinking  happens when students analyze and evaluate evidence, arguments, claims and beliefs. They can then learn how to make judgments and decisions based on others’ points of view ( dialigical methods), interpret information and draw conclusions. Freire  (2007) believed that students would not only become critically informed, but also ethically committed to transform their society. For  him, thinking critical  was mostly about “reading  the world”.



Disciplina: Learning by design: Integrative learning process designs and constructions

Teacher: Mr. Jouni Enqvist, Ph.D., Principal Lecturer

My Home page: Click AQUI


Eu, Giselda Costa, professora do Instituto Federal do Piauí (IFPI), participo do programa internacional  Vocational Education and Training – VET  com a duração de  5 meses ( fevereiro a junho de 2015) financiado pelo Governo Federal Brasileiro e realizado na HAMK – University of Applied Sciences  na cidade de Hameelinna -Finlândia. A nossa pesquisa tem como base nas experiências de educação profissional do modelo finlandês integrado com setor de inovação e produtividade dos Institutos Federais do Brasil.

VET -teacher for the future

VET -teacher for the future


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