The Center for Learning and Teaching Newsletter Teaching News
Rhetoric and Composition Department
New Chalk Talk
Recent research shows that visual arguments understood in less than thirty seconds persuade more effectively than lengthy reports detailing evidence that refutes commonly accepted claims. What does this mean? We need to teach visual argument. This does not displace the need for research papers or encourage cut-and-paste graphics to substitute for critical thinking skills. Visual arguments can help question or undo assumptions, strip claims down to evidence and change the way we deal with the tendency to affirm existing views in the research process.
Coletu, E. E.
(2011). Visual Thinking in the Classroom (2) “Read for a Minute, Discuss for an Hour”. New Chalk Talk, 11(6),
Coletu, Ebony E.A.
"Visual Thinking in the Classroom (2) “Read for a Minute, Discuss for an Hour”." New Chalk Talk, vol. 11,no. 6, 2011,