Professor Diane Lapp, along with a number of researchers, have surveyed all manner of teachers regarding their use of comics and graphic novels in the classroom.
They found that most teachers never use them, but those that do value their use. However, this is mostly for supplemental reasons or for motivating readers rather than primary use by the better pupils. Budgetary constraints and lack of knowledge about the category have limited their use.
One teacher is quoted as saying;
I did not grow up reading graphic novels, nor were they promoted in my schooling. However, I feel that this is a great way to teach inferencing and visualization with all students, as well as supporting struggling readers and English Learners. I am going to make it a goal of ours to implement graphic novels next year across our 4th grade, supplementing the reading curriculum.
The educational comic Max Axiom was also praised by another teacher, but that it and others weren’t yet part of their school’s materials.
The full report can be read below.