ERIC Number: ED058358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
...And Whatever You Do, Don't Break the Camera...A Study in Educational Change
This document reports as innovative film course sponsored by the Pilot Communities Program, an experiment in educational change, consisting of four teams of teacher-advisors, who from 1969 to 1971 have worked in selected schools in Boston (Massachusetts), Bridgeport (Connecticut), Washington (D.C.), and a coastal region in Maine. Their most recent efforts have focused on the training of teachers and teacher aides. A project of Education Development Center in Newton, Massachusetts, the Pilot Communities Program has functioned as the New England Regional Laboratory of the Office of Education. The specific project reported here involves an experimental program designed to teach junior high school students how to make films. The program was in operation at the Lincoln Junior High School, in Washington D.C. for two years, 1967-1969. It involved only small numbers of teachers and a great deal of time, energy, and money from outside organizations. Its purpose was to attempt a change in the learning climate of the school. Film-making seemed to offer a natural bridge between teachers and students, because interest in it came naturally to both groups. The students who grew up in the Cardozo neighborhood of Washington, D.C.--like students everywhere--had seen at least 10 times as many movies as the number of books they read and had spent many more hours watching TV than sitting in a classroom. They watch every program, whether they like it or not. Teachers learned by testing that the students had remarkably accurate visual memories. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Instruction, Black Students, Class Activities, Curriculum Development, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Change, Experimental Curriculum, Film Production, Film Study, Junior High School Students, Secondary Education, Student Interests, Student School Relationship, Student Teacher Relationship
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.
Identifiers: District of Columbia
Note: Based upon "A Changing Image," a report by Suzanne Thatcher on the film program at Lincoln Junior High School, Washington, D.C.