Researching the Visual

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  • Title: Researching the Visual: Demystifying “The Picture That’s Worth a Thousand Words”
  • Author(s): Vaughan Rees
  • Editor(s): Arianne Rourke,
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Image
  • Year: 2014
  • ISBN (pbk): 978-1-61229-526-8
  • ISBN (pdf): 978-1-61229-527-5
  • DOI:
  • Citation: Rourke, Arianne , and Vaughan Rees, eds. 2014. Researching the Visual: Demystifying “The Picture That’s Worth a Thousand Words”. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks. doi:10.18848/978-1-61229-527-5/CGP.
  • Extent: 250 pages


This book discusses from both a practical as well as theoretical perspective many different approaches to researching the visual in higher education, to assist demystifying “the picture that’s worth a thousand words.” It takes a multi-disciplinary approach to using the visual for research and discusses the role technology can play both as the subject of visual research and in the training of the visual researcher. From a variety of different disciplinary focuses, the authors offer the educator, researcher, and tertiary student both their knowledge and practical approach to systematically and creatively deciphering, deconstructing, and reconfiguring the visual form. This book promotes the worthiness of focusing on the visual as the subject of research and scholarship as we move further into the technologically sophisticated world of 21st-century learning.