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An Exploratory Study of Visual Perception in Relation to Levels of Meaning for Children

Xinyu Yu and S.K. Hastings

ASIS&T Annual Meeting - 2006 (ASIS&T 2006)
Austin, Texas, November 3-9, 2006


Young children often participate in reading picture books at public libraries and preschools. Picture books provide children with meaning and an experience united in words and illustrations. Based on unobtrusive and participant observations in public libraries and preschools, this study employs surveys with parents and interviews with children in order to understand whether 3-to 5-year-old children find distinct levels of meaning in images of picture books, and factors that influence their visual perception. The purpose of the study is to propose a topology of factors in relation to children, visual perception, and picture books and find correlations of related factors. Results of the study may contribute to further understanding of distinct information needs of young children and provide implications for visual information seeking and retrieval in a digital environment.

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