The posters are the tools to communicate authors’ idea with others by visual image and a little word. The Korean Chemical Society had held the feast of drawing chemistry posters by students nationwide in 2004 and 2005. In two years, more than three thousands of posters were submitted, and about one hundred and fifty posters were selected as the prize winners. The award was divided by the grade levels of elementary, middle, and high school. Every discipline has its own sign with specific meaning shared by the members of the discipline. Chemist and students learning chemistry, therefore, will communicate with each other by specific chemical signs (codes). This study explores the codes of chemistry used in students' posters. The visual and verbal elements of posters were analyzed in a semiotic perspective. The “chemistry” is depicted with experiment apparatus (such as a flask and a beaker), structural formula, the symbols of chemical elements, the graduations (as in a graduate cylinder), and the liquid (such as water or oil). The topics of posters were environment, life, development, future, etc. There were some differences in the elements of posters by the year (e.g., 2004 vs. 2005) and by the grade level.

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Semiotics of chemistry posters

JaeYoung Han   Chungbuk National University, Korea

The posters are the tools to communicate authors’ idea with others by visual image and a little word. The Korean Chemical Society had held the feast of drawing chemistry posters by students nationwide in 2004 and 2005. In two years, more than three thousands of posters were submitted, and about one hundred and fifty posters were selected as the prize winners. The award was divided by the grade levels of elementary, middle, and high school. Every discipline has its own sign with specific meaning shared by the members of the discipline. Chemist and students learning chemistry, therefore, will communicate with each other by specific chemical signs (codes). This study explores the codes of chemistry used in students' posters. The visual and verbal elements of posters were analyzed in a semiotic perspective. The “chemistry” is depicted with experiment apparatus (such as a flask and a beaker), structural formula, the symbols of chemical elements, the graduations (as in a graduate cylinder), and the liquid (such as water or oil). The topics of posters were environment, life, development, future, etc. There were some differences in the elements of posters by the year (e.g., 2004 vs. 2005) and by the grade level.

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