Teaching M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Farrington, Karin

Second Reader

Charles Strand;


Visual literacy, or the ability to make sense of and produce images, is an essential but long underrated skill in science. Career scientists and engineers decode and encode information in pictorial form using visual literacy skills regularly. This research will explore first the purpose of science education in the United States and how its reforms have been influenced by career scientists. It will explore if visual literacy skills are aligned with these purposes. This research will then investigate the benefits of incorporating visual literacy in science education to this end. Finally, this research will outline research-based instructional strategies for integrating visual literacy education alongside the science content and practices emphasized in the current standards.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis