This book explores how expertise is developed in higher education, both theoretically and practically, and focuses on this phenomenon in the visual domain. It examines what prompts and inspires students to learn via visual stimulus and shows the usefulness of modeling expert performance to facilitate learning. Characteristics of expertise are discussed in a variety of arts disciplinary contexts to demonstrate how deciphering the visual world can be accomplished. The authors discuss the role that visual stimulus plays within the context of the technologically developed world where educators face new challenges to promote the long-term retention of learning. This book interrogates how the visual is negotiated through various lenses to explore notions of the expert and the novice.
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.