ERIC Number: ED180412
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Film and Values in the Liberal Arts Curriculum.
Abbott, Lawrence S.
The role of values clarification and self-concept development, which are important issues in liberal and humane education, are identified, and it is suggested that the use of film in a class can emphasize values processing and clarification. Film is a medium that can clearly illustrate conflicts and problems in human relationships and the complex problems of choice and consequence in human affairs. Cinematic exposure to personal experience that might not otherwise be encountered may enhance value clarification. Examining the choices and both positive and negative consequences portrayed in human situations by films may guide a student in the process of choosing values and in understanding the probable consequences attendant on any choice. The area of values and beliefs are viewed as important to intellectual changes that are possible for students to attain. Since students will be faced with many value choices in their lives, the ability to think, choose, evaluate, and act is crucially important. A part of successful learning and growth is linked to attitude and beliefs about the self, and value confusion and negative self-concept can lead to inappropriate choices and an ignorance of potential consequences. Two films that are pertinent to values clarification, Elia Kazan's "A Face in the Crowd" and Sembene Ousmene's "Mandabi," are discussed. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Medgar Evers College (CUNY) Faculty Development Workshop (New York, NY, May 1979)