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LETU Team Heads to Kenya for Visual Literacy Study


Two LeTourneau University students and their professor are traveling to the other side of the globe from June 6 to 30 to study visual literacy, how people create meaning from images, photos, drawings or diagrams.

Seniors Kaitlin DeGraffenried and Jess Shook will work with English professor Dr. Annie Olson at a research site in Korr, Kenya, a remote region in the northern desert where nomadic camel herders live now much as they did centuries ago. Korr is ideal for the research because it is probably as nearly unaffected by visual media or materials as can be found in the 21st century. The LETU team will conduct assessments with children whose schools lack even the most basic visual elements (like crayons, paints and construction paper) for creating visual drawings.

"Theoretical literature links visual literacy to problem solving," Olson said. "We are researching those links and how specific competencies can be addressed."

The Longview News Journal is chronicling their journey with blog posts and photos.

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