Learning About Learning
Aberdeen City Council delivers a wide range of services that enable people to take part in learning, sport and cultural activities. In order to clarify and set out the council’s vision, policy and priorities for learning for the coming years, a new learning strategy has been developed – Aberdeen: City of Learning
The Learning About Learning Report details the results of extensive research and workshops into the state of learning for primary and secondary school pupils and staff in over 100 schools from the area.
The written report contains lots of data and feedback. Rather than showing this in table after table of text, we were asked to use information graphics to visualise this where appropriate. This is an interesting concept as it makes data more interesting to read and therefore more accessible. This data is invaluable – it shows where things are going well, and shows the areas that need to be addressed. It also provides evidence of what we hold of value above other areas and can challenge conceptions.
We also made extensive use of photography, in certain respects for the same reason as visualising date. It’s easy to see dry data as something divorced from reality. Children get a great deal from the do-ing of an activity and the social interaction promotes expression and experimentation.