This study qualitatively explored how readers use critical thinking to perceive leadership in The Walking Dead comic books. Sixty-nine participants gave responses regarding their thoughts about leadership in the comic via an online survey. A majority of the participants indicated a wide range of values for comics as a learning experience. Most participants perceived leadership in the comic books as an individual who protects others and makes decisions. After completing the online survey, 22 participants gave acceptable and relevant responses about their perceptions of leadership and how they form these perceptions. Information was collected through email interviewing. The study concluded that individuals did not have a process for perceiving leadership, but the central theme in identifying a leader was to simply determine who is leading. Critical thinking dispositions were demonstrated in the participants’ perceptions of leadership, regardless of education and experience with comics, leadership, or critical thinking. The findings suggest comics can be used in the classroom to engage critical thinking when perceiving leadership.
Krusemark, Renee EdD
"The Role of Critical Thinking in Reader Perceptions of Leadership in Comic Books,"
SANE journal: Sequential Art Narrative in Education: Vol. 2:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/sane/vol2/iss1/7
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