International Council for Education, Research and Training

Graphic Novels: An Embryonic Pedagogical Tool for Practical Subjects, Prolific art, and Second language; Substantiating Objectives of NEP-2020

Bhagoji, Manisha D

Research Scholar, Dept. Of English, KTHM College, Nashik, under the guidance of Dr. Hemkant Vijay Dhade. Assistant Professor, Kalvan Education Society Arts, Commerce, and Science College, Kalwan, Nashik



Graphic Novels are the latent means of acquiring language skills in terms of acquisition of a second language and creativity in education, if it is brought as a part of syllabi in academics. Many small types of research are conducted on the GNs to find out the popularity of it over textbooks by librarians, using it in the classroom to teach English as a second language amongst Chines elementary pupils, minor research to teach the German Language with GNs, teaching vocabulary with it and so on. With the help of available outcomes of these relevant researches on the topic, the present research paper focuses on and identifies the scope for the pedagogical implications of it in instruction in the present scenario. Along with language skills, GNs introduce a wide range of knowledge of assorted subjects leading to creativity. Language is the predominant part of the GNs to be studied however, the emerging potential skills with the use of it in academics, could be developed by sighting the objectives of the present NEP 2020. Cognitive development is also stimulated with the help of GNs. The creativity in students with GNs has a good scope for skill development. The technicality, organized story, the format, and the illustrations are some of the areas along with the language that attracts the students to it than traditional textbooks. Graphic Novels have never been considered a serious piece of literature but a format. Usage of it in the practical subjects may result in better learning and generating good taught students than that degree holders. According to NEP-2020, the education should be skill-based; considering this objective the GNs exhibit a great amount of scope in learning with efficiency. Using it in the new syllabus for imparting the knowledge and flourishing the skills will prove it to be effective pedagogical means of teaching practical subjects as well. 

Keywords: Graphic Novels, prolific art, Pedagogical tool, Psycholinguistics, Nep-2020, Skill-based education, Young Adult Literature (YAL)


Impact Statement

The research on the use of Graphic Novels (GNs) in academic settings highlights their potential as an innovative pedagogical tool. By incorporating GNs into the curriculum, educators can enhance language acquisition, stimulate cognitive development, and foster creativity among students. Graphic novels’ visual and narrative elements make complex subjects more accessible and engaging, particularly in practical and technical disciplines. This approach aligns with the objectives of NEP-2020, emphasizing skill-based education and the development of professional competencies. The study indicates that GNs can significantly improve students’ understanding, retention, and interest in various subjects, thereby transforming the educational landscape. The integration of GNs in education could lead to a more joyful and effective learning experience, preparing students not just academically, but also equipping them with diverse skills essential for their future careers.


About Author

Dr. Manisha D Bhagoji, a highly accomplished Doctor of Literature (D. LITT) (Honoris Causa) from the British National University of Queen Mary, UK, and the USA, boasts 19+ years of expertise as an English Educator. Her leadership skills drive academic excellence, fostering a love for learning in students and professionals. Affiliated with Bengaluru North University and global educational bodies like ICERT, IAECT, and IAST, her certifications as an English Educator, Certified Corporate Trainer, and more showcase her diverse skill set. At Krupanidhi Degree College, Bangalore, she adeptly employs modern resources to meet curriculum goals, gauging student performance and utilizing innovative teaching tools. Her prior role as an IELTS and soft-skill Trainer demonstrates her dedication to personalized student development, and overcoming language barriers for student success. With a Ph.D. in English Language and notable publications in journals and conferences, Dr. Manisha contributes significantly to academic discourse. She stands as a beacon of educational excellence, embodying expertise, dedication, and a profound commitment to shaping education globally.



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