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Utah State University

Teacher Education and Leadership Faculty Publications

2016

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A Social Semiotic Analysis Of Instructional Images Across Academic Disciplines, Amy Alexandra Wilson, Melanie Landon-Hays Feb 2016

A Social Semiotic Analysis Of Instructional Images Across Academic Disciplines, Amy Alexandra Wilson, Melanie Landon-Hays

Teacher Education and Leadership Faculty Publications

Framed in theories of social semiotics, this descriptive multiple case study examined the images used by six middle-school teachers during one school year as they each taught two different subject areas: earth science, language arts, mathematics, and/or social studies. Using Kress and Van Leeuwen’s visual grammar to analyze these images, this study identified discipline-specific patterns in how 1,132 images realized assumptions in regards to the ideational and interpersonal metafunctions of communication. A content analysis suggested discipline-specific differences in the presumed social distance between the content of the images and the students, as well as discipline-specific differences in ...