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ERIC Number: ED378611
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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Using Feature Films to Integrate Themes and Concepts in the Basic Course.
Smitter, Roger
The typical textbook for the basic course fails to integrate the broad range of topics it introduces to the new student of communication. One way of addressing this problem would be to use feature films in the course, such as "Wall Street,""True Colors,""Other People's Money,""Milagro Beanfield War," and "Lean on Me." A summary of these films shows how well they demonstrate communication in a variety of contexts: interpersonal, groups, public speaking, typically within a larger organization, and stretching a bit, within a culture. Each contains a public speech given by one of the major characters. The integration of communication themes begins to occur for students when they see the character's speech as influenced by the same principles that influence his or her communication in other contexts. Most importantly, each film reveals an overarching theme about the role of communication in human interaction. The films give tangible representation to abstract and often difficult-to-understand themes. One or more of these films could be shown early in an academic term, immediately after the introductory chapters have been covered. For instance,"Wall Street," develops several themes relevant to the student of communication: the impact of symbolic forms on human behavior, the role of the spoken word and modern technology play in the creation of (not just communication of) information in society, and the nature of illusion and perception. The film clearly shows that information has become the commodity people seek, not tangible goods. (Contains 15 references.) (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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