Visual Thinking and Visual Teaching for Quality Education

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Recent researches have shown the powerful nature of using visual teaching methods in the class room. Most of the researches base their findings on the nature of human brain and how it functions.

For example:

Consider these facts:

FACT: Approximately 65 percent of the population is visual learners.

FACT: The brain processes visual information 60,000 faster than text.

FACT: 90 percent of information that comes to the brain is visual.

FACT: 40 percent of all nerve fibers connected to the brain are linked to the retina.

FACT: Visual aids in the classroom improve learning by up to 400 percent.

(http://www.christianschoolproducts.com/articles/2007-December/Departments/Visual-Teaching-Strategies-for-the-Classroom)

In order to understand its benefits, it is important to understand what visual thinking or learning is all about.

Visual thinking is a learning style where the learner better understands and retains information when ideas, words and concepts are associated with images. Research tells us that the majority of students in a regular classroom need to see information in order to learn it. Some common visual learning strategies include creating graphic organizers, diagramming, mind mapping, outlining and more.

 

Visual thinking and learning in education

Visual learning strategies such as graphic organizers, diagrams, outlines and more are being used in classrooms across the country. These strategies help students or all ages better manage learning objectives and achieve academic success. As students are required to evaluate and interpret information from a variety of sources, incorporate new knowledge with what they already have learned, and improve writing skills and think critically, visual learning tools help students meet those demands. Paired with the brain’s capacity for images, visual learning strategies help students better understand and retain information. ( http://www.inspiration.com/visual-learning)

How does visual learning help students?

Visual learning helps students clarify their thoughts

Students see how ideas are connected and realize how information can be grouped and organized. With visual learning, new concepts are more thoroughly and easily understood when they are linked to prior knowledge.

Visual learning helps students organize and analyze information
Students can use diagrams and plots to display large amounts of information in ways that are easy to understand and help reveal relationships and patterns.

Visual learning helps students integrate new knowledge
According to research, students better remember information when it is represented and learned both visually and verbally.

Visual learning helps students think critically
Linked verbal and visual information helps students make connections, understand relationships and recall related details.
( http://www.inspiration.com/visual-learning)