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Visual Inquiry

Visual research is not new; it is among the most ancient forms of understanding. Every scientific discipline was built on a core of naturalistic inquiry, from stone megaliths revealing the seasons when a sunbeam struck a stone, through Galileo’s observation of the phases of the moons of Jupiter, to the central Western figure of Descartes. Cartesian perspectivalism lurks behind every major paradigm in science … Humans rely on sight to make sense of the material world and to predict future events based on current observations. (Margolis & Zunjarwad, 2018, p. 600)

This chapter focuses on several genres of visual inquiry. These include collage inquiry where fragments of materials are glued together to form a new visual form, photo/film inquiry where photographs or films ...

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