Comics in education

Comics in education

The use of comics in education is based on the concept of creating commitment and motivation for students.


The effectiveness of comics as a medium for effective learning and development has been the subject of debate since the origin of the modern comic book in the 1930s. [1] [2] Sones (1944) notes that comics “evoked more than a hundred critical articles in educational and non-professional periodicals.” [3]

The use of comics in education would later attract the attention of Fredric Wertham [4] who noted that the use of comics in education represented “an all-time low in American science.” [5]

It has been noted that the use of a narrative form such as this comic “can foster pupils’ interest in science” [6] and help students remember what they learned [7] and providing a means of fostering discussion. [5] [8] However, it has been noted that many educators remain “ambivalent” about the use of comic books as an educational tool. [9] Comics have been used as a medium to communicate health care information on subjects such as diabetes. [10]

In the USA, The use of comics for education, using the Internet, can be seen in Comics in the Classroom , and the state of the Maryland Comic Book Initiative . Teacher professional development on the teacher’s side of the classroom is available through the State of California Department of Education’s Brokers of Expertis website. [11]

See also

  • Comics studies


  1. Jump up^ Gruenberg, S (1944). “The Comics as a Social Force”. Journal of Educational Sociology . American Sociological Association. 18 (4): 204-213. doi : 10.2307 / 2262693 . JSTOR  2262693 .
  2. Jump up^ Hutchinson, K (1949). “An experiment in the use of comics as instructional material”. Journal of Educational Sociology . American Sociological Association. 23 (4): 236-245. doi : 10.2307 / 2264559 . JSTOR  2264559 .
  3. Jump up^ Sones, W (1944). “The comics and instructional method”. Journal of Educational Sociology . American Sociological Association. 18 (4): 232-240. doi : 10.2307 / 2262696 . JSTOR  2262696 .
  4. Jump up^ Wright, B (2001). Comic book nation: The transformation of Youth Culture in America . Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN  0-8018-6514-X.
  5. ^ Jump up to:b Dorrell, Larry; Dan B. Curtis; Kuldip R. Rampal (1995). “Book-Worms Without Books? Students Reading Comic Books in the School House”. The Journal of Popular Culture . 29 (2): 223-234. doi : 10.1111 / j.0022-3840.1995.2902_223.x .
  6. Jump up^ Negrete, Aquiles; Cecilia Lartigue (September 2004). “Learning from education to communicate science as a good story”. Endeavor . 28 (3): 120-124. doi : 10.1016 / j.endeavour.2004.07.003 . PMID  15350764 .
  7. Jump up^ Nagata, Ryoichi (October 1999). “Learning next term biochemistry through manga – helping students learn and remember, and making readings more exciting”. Biochemical Education . Elsevier Science Ltd. 27(4).
  8. Jump up^ Versaci, Rocco (Nov 2001). “How Comic Books Can Change the Way Our Students See Literature: One Teacher’s Perspective”. English Journal. National Council of Teachers of English. 91 (2): 61-67. doi : 10.2307 / 822347 . JSTOR  822347 .
  9. Jump up^ Norton, Bonny (Oct 2003). “The Motivating Power of Comic Books: Insights from Archie Comic Readers”. Reading Teacher . 57 : 140-147.
  10. Jump up^ Pieper, Claudia; Antonino Homobono (Sep 2000). “Comic as an education method for diabetic patients and general population”. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice . 50 .
  11. Jump up^ USA Experience