The Role of Abstraction in Scientific Illustration: Implications for Pedagogy

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Abstraction is an important technique used in the creation and interpretation of scieneific illustrations. However, educational research has not fully explored the manner in which scientific illustrations are developed and used. This paper develops a framework for the study of scientific illustrations from three perspectives: (a) research into students’ misconceptions; (b) psychology of art; and (c) sociology of scientific knowledge. Examples from a variety of domains are used to develop an argument for the theory-laden nature of illustrations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-158
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Visual Literacy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Communication
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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