Posters as a Means of Learning and Communication in Internship Period


  • Seija Kairavuori University of Helsinki, Department of Teacher Education
  • Heikki Kynäslahti University of Helsinki, Department of Teacher Education



Media education, Posters, Visual media in learning.


This article describes a pedagogical experiment and a research project in which a large sample of ninth-graders (N=93) in the Finnish basic education were introduced to an optional, visual reporting method concerning their internship period (TET). The students were asked to take photos during the two weeks internship period of an interesting profession or work task, an interesting person doing his/her work, an interesting work process, or in general of the most interesting or impressive  learning experiences. After the internship period the students composed a poster out of selected visual material and added a title plus some supporting text of their written memos. In the end, these posters were presented publicly on the school net and shared during the educational and vocational guidance lessons. As researchers, we were interested in how these students experienced this innovative, visual reporting method; for example, what were their ideas behind the selection of visual material and visual communication when making the posters. It showed that this alternative way of working led the pupils into a pedagogically valuable dialogue with pictures about the important aims of their learning process as a whole.


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