Researching the Visual: Demystifying "The Picture That's Worth a Thousand Words"

Arianne Rourke and Vaughan Rees (eds)

Published by The Image, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

Format Price
Book: Electronic $US15.00
Book: Print $US40.00

This book discusses from both a practical as well as theoretical perspective many different approaches to researching the visual in higher education, to assist demystifying “the picture that’s worth a thousand words.” It takes a multi-disciplinary approach to using the visual for research and discusses the role technology can play both as the subject of visual research and in the training of the visual researcher. From a variety of different disciplinary focuses, the authors offer the educator, researcher, and tertiary student both their knowledge and practical approach to systematically and creatively deciphering, deconstructing, and reconfiguring the visual form. This book promotes the worthiness of focusing on the visual as the subject of research and scholarship as we move further into the technologically sophisticated world of 21st-century learning.

Book: Electronic (PDF File; 21.967MB). Book: Print (Paperback). Published by The Image, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.

Dr. Arianne Rourke

Senior Lecturer, Art and Design, College of Fine Arts, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Dr. Arianne Rourke is a senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales with over 23 years of teaching experience in higher education. Her research is in higher education pedagogy, specifically in the area of improving the use of visuals in instructional design to promote the long-term retention of learning. Dr. Rourke has widely published her experimental research in higher education teaching and learning. She has recently co-authored Effective Use of Visuals for Learning in Higher Education (Nova Science) with Dr. Zeno O’Connor, and co-edited Pedagogy Leads Technology: Online Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: New Technologies, New Pedagogies (Common Ground) with Kathryn Coleman.

Dr. Vaughan Rees

Senior Lecturer, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Dr. Vaughan Dai Rees is a senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is a practicing artist and design educator with nearly 40 years of experience teaching at secondary schools and universities. His research focuses on visual autobiography as both an artistic outcome and a research methodology. The dominant medium of his art practice is drawing, and recently he has been exploring the notion of place, travel, personal consumption, and global transformation. Dr. Rees has exhibited in Australia, Canada, China, Singapore, and the USA. He co-authored the successful book series Artifacts, published by McGraw-Hill.