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Virtues and Vices of the Visual Media


by Rudolf Arnheim 1974

Throughout this brief survey we shall have to keep in mind the active as well as the passive use of the various media. Passive use serves the dispensing of knowledge. Pictures carry images of the world into the classroom. They offer the raw material for factual information. However, the pictures or models have been made by experts somewhere else. They arrive ready-made. Student and teacher act as consumers. Their acts are responses.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 73, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 75 Number 5, 1974, p. 180-210
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19423, Date Accessed: 10/16/2017 10:05:07 PM

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  • Rudolf Arnheim
    Harvard University
    RUDOLF ARNHEIM is a Professor of the Psychology of Art in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.
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