Critical Thinking, Critical Looking: Key Characteristics of an Educated Person

Richard C. Emanuel (Alabama State University, USA) and Siu Challons-Lipton (Queens University of Charlotte, USA)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 353
EISBN13: 9781466664111|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5816-5.ch013
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Critical thinking involves the comprehension and expression of the meaning or significance of a wide variety of experiences, situations, data, events, judgments, conventions, beliefs, rules, procedures, and criteria. One important aspect of critical thinking is the analysis, interpretation, and understanding of images. This is generally known as visual literacy. Visual literacy may be initially demonstrated at the basic levels of recognition and understanding – recognizing an image, telling what a symbol means, indicating the name of a painting and/or its artist. As one becomes more skilled at analyzing and interpreting the meaning of visuals, they are maturing toward visual fluency. Studying a cultural artifact provides students an opportunity to put things in context and to practice critical thinking. Two works of art—the Coffee Cup print and The Death of Marat painting—are provided along with example analysis.
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