Symbols In Education
Symbols for Literacy
We have used symbols for many years, as signage in the environment, and as a means of supporting conversation for people who have communication difficulties.
The use of symbols as a tool for literacy is more recent.
Symbols used for signage and on communication boards often represent a complete idea. Symbols used to support literacy are different. Each symbol represents a single concept or idea:
An illustration or photograph may contain too much information
- A picture gives a lot of detail
- An illustration is simpler, but still has detail.
- A symbol is a representation of a single idea.
Each of these has a different purpose.