Year 2019, Volume 19 , Issue 82, Pages 121 - 136 2019-07-31

The Development of an Instrument to Assess Visuo-Semiotic Reasoning in Biology

Lindelani MNGUNI [1]


Purpose: The significance of visuo-semiotic models in biology education has increased. Students have to develop visuo-semiotic skills, which could enable them to learn biology effectively. However, a lack of a universal theory of visual literacy has made it challenging to develop and assess visualization skills, including visuo-semiotic skills. The aim of the present research, therefore, was to develop an instrument for assessing visuo-semiotic reasoning in biology (VSR-b) in the context of amino acid structures. The research question guiding the research was “how could an instrument for assessing visuo-semiotic reasoning in biology be developed?”

Methods: Guided by a theoretical framework, the VSR-b Test was developed using a mixed-methods approach, by first identifying VSR-b Skills through a panel of nine experts after which items were designed and validated through the same panel of experts and pilot participants (n=18). The VSR-b Test was then tested on a group of molecular biology students (n=30).


Findings: Results showed satisfactory reliability and inter-item correlation. However, further research is required to corroborate findings of the present research in other contexts, with particular emphasis on assessment and development of visuo-semiotic reasoning among students.


Implications for research & practice: The current research has shown that VSR-b can be understood and assessed within the context of the theoretical cognitive process of visualization. It provides teachers and researchers a starting point in understanding how learning occurs through visuo-semiotic models. Instructional and curriculum designers, therefore, can use findings of this research as a guide to support student development in biology.

Molecular biology, Visual literacy
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Publication Date : July 31, 2019

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APA Mngunı, L . (2019). The Development of an Instrument to Assess Visuo-Semiotic Reasoning in Biology . Eurasian Journal of Educational Research , 19 (82) , 121-136 . Retrieved from https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/ejer/issue/48089/608157
MLA Mngunı, L . "The Development of an Instrument to Assess Visuo-Semiotic Reasoning in Biology" . Eurasian Journal of Educational Research 19 (2019 ): 121-136 <https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/ejer/issue/48089/608157>
Chicago Mngunı, L . "The Development of an Instrument to Assess Visuo-Semiotic Reasoning in Biology". Eurasian Journal of Educational Research 19 (2019 ): 121-136
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