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Harbi, Amine. "‘He isn’t an animal, he isn’t a human; he is just different’: Exploring the medium of comics in empowering children’s critical thinking." Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 7. (2016): 431–44. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1080/21504857.2016.1219956
BibTeX citation key: Harbi2016
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Categories: General
Keywords: Children’s and young adults’ comics, Comics research, Didactics, Empirical research, Reception
Creators: Harbi
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
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Scholarship on comics and graphic novels in the last two decades has provided educators with valuable insights on their readership. A new field in academia has emerged around comics’ studies; but there still a need for empirical research. This study attempts to address the scarcity of empirical research on comics through using focus groups and listening to children’s voices on the medium. Building on Edgar Morin’s philosophy of educating complex thinking, I attempted to incorporate some of his educational suggestions into a comic book that I used as reading material for the children focus groups. Finally, Thierry Groensteen’s system of comics provided a theoretical framework for analysing the study findings. The study suggests that comics can be a suitable medium for educating critical thinking and introducing complex and abstract concepts to children.
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