Not just for fun

Using cartoons to investigate geographical issues

Grant Kleeman*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Geography teachers have, for some time, acknowledged the value of cartoons as a means of fostering an appreciation and understanding of geographical issues. They have, however, often struggled to identify the range of instructional strategies that best facilitate their students' interpretation of this rich, yet quite diverse, form of cultural artefact. This article examines the development of cartoons as a form of political satire and social commentary, outlines the benefits derived from using cartoons as an instructional tool, and explores some of the cartoon-based teaching and learning strategies teachers employ to enhance the interpretative and communicative skills of students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-151
Number of pages8
JournalNew Zealand Geographer
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006

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