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ERIC Number: EJ1236189
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1051-144X
The Strategically Ambiguous Assignment: An Approach to Promoting Critical and Creative Thinking in Visual Communication
Bratslavsky, Lauren; Wright, Anna; Kritselis, Alex; Luftig, David
Journal of Visual Literacy, v38 n4 p285-304 2019
This study begins with the assumption that visual and related literacies are essential frameworks to foster not only students' learning of visual communication principles, but also 21st century skills such as creative problem solving and self-directed learning. We focus on assignment directions as a particular instructional component. In contrast to step-by-step directions, strategically ambiguous assignments prompt students to determine the best solutions and course of actions that meet project criteria and suit their abilities. Using a thematic analysis, we analysed student reflections to inquire how students felt about these differences and how students articulated their creative process. In both cases, students learned essential components of visual communication. Notably, the strategically ambiguous assignment prompted students to be more aware of how messages are constructed and take greater pride in their work whereas the clear directions prompted more reflection about the technicalities of working with software.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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