- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Crown House Publishing (May 10, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1904424562
- ISBN-13: 978-1904424567
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Visual Thinking: Tools for Mapping Your Ideas
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Invaluable in helping students and educators to learn skills that are appropriate for communicating in today s increasingly visual world. --Dee Dickinson, Chief Learning Officer, New Horizons for Learning
A wonderful, inviting workbook that gives you the basic tools for speaking visual language--the new international auxiliary language. --Robert E. Horn, author of Visual Language: Global Communication for the 21st Century
A wonderful, inviting workbook that gives you the basic tools for “speaking” visual language--the new international auxiliary language. --Robert E. Horn, author of Visual Language: Global Communication for the 21st Century
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This book shows how teachers and students who are convinced that they cannot draw and move into the dynamic world of visible thinking. The authors have compiled a symbolary of easy-to-draw iconographs that can be used to enrich communication, provoke deeper thought, and make the process of creating Mind Maps and Mindscapes for note taking and review in your classroom a breeze. Visual Thinking breaks down the process of drawing into small steps so that anyone who thinks they cannot draw will find that in fact, they can. Visible thinking templates help students work through challenging problem-solving activities. As their thinking processes are recorded, students become more thorough and skillful in reaching conclusions and making decisions. For Grades 4 through 12 and adults.
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It is natural that I would compare this book with `Mapping InnerSpace.' Much of the material in the new book has apparently been rehashed from the earlier work. The only new stuff I can find is the `symbolary' of easy-to-draw iconographs, which is now been re-organized from A to Z, & a handful of new `Mindscaping' application templates in the last chapter. That's it.
Surprisingly, the authors even continue to make use of the same Foreword, which goes back to the late 80's & which appeared in the first book.
I get this funny feeling that the new book has been based on perfunctory desk research & no attempt has been exerted to conduct some real field research to cover new developments or advancements. Worst of all, & sad to say, the material is still restricted to the authors' own limited field of work.
Based on my own exploration, the field of visual thinking has obviously made tremendous progress in the last few years, in both the educational & business arenas. A quick search & browse across the net will give readers a good appreciation of what has happened/is happening out there.
I actually expect the authors to provide a quick round-up (or snapshot) of developments & happenings with regard to new & exciting visual thinking applications across the educational as well as business realms. There have been abundant application variations as well as radical enhancements in the field of visual thinking for business professionals. I am well aware that field research is no easy task in the light of many proprietary methods, but with a little ingenuity & persistent legwork, it would have been rewarding for both authors to go the extra mile. The new book, taking into consideration the prevailing developments outside their own sphere, would have been great for all the readers, especially the professionals.
For examples, the creative work of heavy weights in the field of visual thinking as applied to business & industry, like Jim Channon (large system imagineering with Advanced Visual Language), David Sibbet (graphical visualisation of organisational change with template-based methodology) & Matt Taylor (creative augmentation, with artful integration of visual space technologies, collaborative environments, & knowledge-intensive work processes), to name a few, have not been captured &/or exemplified. Not even in the Resources page. I am also very intrigued as to why the innovative work of Christine Allen Ewy (Teaching with Visual Frameworks) & Elizabeth H Wig (Map It Out: Visual Tools for Thinking, Organizing & Communicating) is not even captured in the Resources. There are many others.
In today's technology-savvy world, there is no mention of using technology to augment one's visual thinking approach. The Mind-manager software quickly comes to mind. Xplanations is another innovative one. There are many others, too.
In these respects, the book does not stand up to its title, Visual Thinking: Tools for Mapping Your Ideas.
For the beginner, particularly a teacher or a parent or a student, who is currently looking for plain visual thinking approaches, this book still stands as great work. I would attribute this to the wonderful symbolary.