Graphic Novels: What Elementary Teachers Think About Their Instructional Value

by Diane Lapp, Thomas DeVere Wolsey, Douglas Fisher, and Nancy Frey

Survey methods were employed to learn more about teachers’ attitudes toward graphic novels and how graphic novels are used in their classrooms. Questions explored participants’ attitudes and actual classroom use. The survey research sought to determine if teachers are open to using graphic novels and the extent of their willingness to do so. Though teachers report willingness to use graphic novels and other graphica, they are limited in their attempts to do so by lack of instructional models, lack of graphic novels in the classroom, and their own level of comfort with the genre.

http://www.bu.edu/journalofeducation/current-issues/  (Volume 192, No. 1)

or direct link to the PDF: http://www.bu.edu/journalofeducation/files/2012/09/BUJOE_192_1_Lapp.pdf

Read more about this study on IVN: http://ivn.us/2013/05/21/study-shows-graphic-novels-add-value-to-k-12-student-learning/62036/
Listen to Diane Lapp discuss this study with Lee Indrisano, editor of the Journal of Education: http://www.bu.edu/journalofeducation/talks-with-journal-authors/