One person sees a vase, another sees two black
faces looking at each other. Another image: Is
it a fashionable young lady or an old woman?
In classic figure / ground visual perception
experiments, viewers’ ‘perceptual sets’ and
their personal interests, including emphasising
some shapes and contours, may strengthen one
‘interpretation’ more than the other, according to
The article critiquing my Bedtime stories,
published in a recent issue of Teach journal of
Christian education,2 appears to focus on only one
interpretation, an imbalance that I believe needs
addressing. I acknowledge the critique’s generosity
(however muted) regarding certain aspects of the
Bedtime stories series and take note of some of
the perceived weaknesses in my children’s texts.
Notwithstanding that Nicholls and Reynaud write
from the vantage point of the 21st century and with
hindsight, there is merit in scrutinising the validity of
some of their arguments. Before embarking on this
task, however, it seems instructive to provide some
general context through reflecting and personal
"Uncle Arthur’s Posthumous Rejoinder,"
TEACH Journal of Christian Education: Vol. 5
, Article 6.
Available at: https://research.avondale.edu.au/teach/vol5/iss1/6