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The visual organization of handwriting : Teaching elementary practices of information design in Brazilian primary schools

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Abstract

This study focuses on a comparison between the writing of Brazilian teachers and students, especially the visual organization of handwriting during the third year of primary school. Data was collected from observing eight different classes for 10 school days each. The analytical corpus was mainly composed of handwritten activities and graphical variations to the writing called textual graphic tools, which were classified within a framework based on the fields of graphic and rhetoric communication. The results compared the teacher and student graphical solutions for informational tasks, and while students reproduced the teachers’ visual strategies, especially the manipulation of space, they also possessed their own practices, where they displayed several creative means to sequence listed items.

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Keywords: handwriting; information design; literacy; primary education; visual organization

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 31, 2019

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