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ERIC Number: EJ1005289
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1052-4800
Teaching through Film: Utilizing Popular Criminology in the Classroom
Atherton, M.
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v24 n2 p77-99 2013
As technology and media become more popular pedagogical tools for instructors, the discussion of using films as a way to help students understand criminological concepts is also growing. Using a conceptual framework of popular criminology, the author set out to explore the ways in which films can be incorporated into a unique course aimed at increasing students' understanding of criminological theory and criminal justice issues. The article is divided into three sections: a discussion of the design of the course, a discussion of specific films and how they were used in the course, and an exploratory analysis of student experiences in the course. These data show that when implemented in a thoughtful way, films influence student learning by reinforcing themes found in course readings, connecting theoretical issues within the films to issues in society, and inspiring students to reevaluate their previous experiences with particular films. (Contains 2 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California