I just happened to catch a piece recently on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme about how the graphic novel can be used in educating adults in complex subjects.
The guest being interviewed was Nicola Streeten, who herself had written a graphic novel about dealing with grief and had been researching the use of graphic novels in education of adults. Her theory was because graphic novels were entertaining to read and distilled information down into its most critical points, people were more likely to be engaged with what they were reading and more likely to remember it, than if they read a text book with few images.
Like most people, I always associated graphic novels with children and comics so was really interested in this piece as, when I thought about it, it made perfect sense. There are many many times that I have got to the bottom of a page in a text book and realised I haven’t taken in any of it.
I have since found a graphic novel explaining economics – ‘Economix – How and Why Our Economy Works (and Doesn’t Work) in Words and Pictures’ by Michael Goodwin and Dan E. Burr
Nicola Streeten’s interview on Radio 4 is here:
Her website is here: