Visual Communications and Research

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For the 2020 MethodSpace AcWriMo we aim to catalyze new thinking about Publishing Trends (and what they mean for academic writers.) See the whole series here. One trend is toward the digital, and another is toward creativity. These two trends intersect when we communicate visually, since the Internet is increasingly a visual medium. After my recent interview with Dr.Dr. Curie Scott about phenomenographic research, I asked her to weigh in.

JS. Why are visual communications important for academics and researchers?

CS. Visual communication threads through my academic life: teaching, researching and writing! visual communication through drawings help both undergraduates and postgraduates grapple well with academic subjects. Academics who leveraged visual communication came together, from every university faculty, to share the benefits and challenges of visual communication for my MSc research dissertation.

I went deeper for my PhD into thinking through drawing. Findings demonstrated three types of thinking (habituated, embodied and transformational thinking) when adults used drawings to think about their future ageing. Drawing helped me order my ideas. Here is the sketch I made when trying to understand how the PhD results reworked into the final outcome module:

My thesis was visually stimulating and much of the theory was presented visually. I am completing a commissioned book on the benefits of ‘Drawing’ for a series on Arts for Health.  

I would love to hear comments on these ideas! Get in touch at DrDr_CurieScott on Twitter, or on Linked In.

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