ERIC Number: ED385945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Using Film To Attain a Cultural and Contextual Understanding of Moral Leadership.
English, Fenwick W.; Steffy, Betty E.
Although film and video archives are abundant and inexpensive and contain stories of leaders from a variety of occupations and historical periods, teachers of graduate-level educational administration courses rarely use them in their classrooms. This paper describes the advantages of using film/video as a teaching tool; in particular, its application for learning about leadership in graduate-level administrator-preparation courses. Using a film to teach about the morality of a leader can capture both the culture and context in which leadership is exercised. Film is especially powerful in presenting: (1) a longitudinal view of a leader and his/her decisions in context; (2) a view of artistry in leadership; (3) the connection between interiority (belief and values) and action; (4) leadership cadres and networks; (5) a leader's moral code; (6) discourse on many levels; and (7) the political nature of all texts. Faculty should look for films that are historically accurate; represent multiple points of view; probe the connections among culture, role stereotyping, and power; portray the person in historical context; and present a full perspective of the person. A list of 10 films that can be used to portray leadership is included. Contains 41 references. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).