Developing Aesthetic Literacy in Visual Culture Studies

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The main objective of this research was to provide theoretical insight into the teaching of visual culture studies in South Africa, with a specific focus on a visual analysis lesson. It proposes an approach to art teaching in the FET (Grades 10 -12) phase, that seeks to develop students’ aesthetic literacy. This stems from the fact that only a limited number of higher education institutions in South Africa provide training for future FET art educators and, according to curriculum policy, educators should be providing students with skills that can be developed through aesthetic education approaches. This book offers a visual analysis planning framework and lesson plan for art educators that will guide them in shaping students’ aesthetic literacy through the development of content knowledge, and the engagement of the imagination and feelings. The research design incorporated in this study was a meta-ethnography, which Noblit and Hare (1988) define as the synthesis of interpretive research through the comparison and analysis of texts, while creating new interpretations in the process.


Dornehl Kitching


Dornehl Kitching is an international visual art teacher from Cape Town, South Africa. She has a MPhil degree from the University of Cambridge (UK) as well as a MEd degree from Cape Peninsula University of Technology (South Africa). Her research focus is professional development in arts education, with a particular interest in novice art teachers.

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LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing


visual culture studies, meta-ethnography, aesthetic literacy, imagination, empathic skills

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EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General