International Journal of Art & Design Education

Cultural Associations and Communications: Students' Construction of Meaning in Response to Visual Images

Volume 16.3   1997



The research reported here was conducted to provide a body of information about high school students' responses to a range of visual culture, including, for example, works of fine art, advertisements, propaganda posters, films, television programmes, and textbook photographs. The aspect of the project presented in this paper concerns the use of cultural associations in student interpretation as they construct meaning from images. Two questions are addressed: What types of cultural associations do secondary students make with images they encounter? What do these associations suggest about student learning about forms of visual communication?