The Study on the Visual and Symbolic Thinking in Educators



The article presents research on visual and symbolic language as a result of visual and symbolic thinking and which is characterized in terms of the content of the personal-semantic space and its ability to freestanding generation of images. The influence of the visual and symbolic language on the moral development of personality is analyzed. The symbol and similar, but not identical art structures, such as metaphor, allegory and artistic image are considered as tools of the visual and symbolic language. The empirical results on developmental levels of visual and symbolic thinking evaluation are presented, that are assessed by the range, depth and originality of the visual and symbolic language and by ability of representing the world in an emotive-figurative form in teachers of secondary schools in different regions of Russia.

General Information

Keywords: visual and symbolic thinking, visual -symbolic activity, symbolic field, understanding, construction, image, value, meaning, the development of visual and symbolic language, visual and symbolic language in education

Journal rubric: Empirical Research

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Potanina L.T., Ilyasov I.I. The Study on the Visual and Symbolic Thinking in Educators . Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2010. Vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 61–65. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

Information About the Authors

Leila T. Potanina, PhD in Education, Leading Researcher, Scientific Research Laboratory “Psychological Safety in Education”, Center for Immediate Psychological Aid, Institute of Extreme Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, e-mail:

Ilya I. Ilyasov, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Head of the Department of Educational Psychology and Pedagogy, Faculty of Psychology, the M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University



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