ERIC Number: EJ1031408
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Cinema Education as an Exercise in "Thinking through Not-Thinking"
Decoster, Pieter-Jan; Vansieleghem, Nancy
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v46 n7 p792-804 2014
In this article we explore the educational potential of cinema. To do this we first analyse how the American critical thinker Henry Giroux tries to give body to an educational theory in relation to cinema. His "film pedagogy" is described as developing a critical response of the learner in relation to the public sphere of film. Giroux's approach, however, seems to forget rather than explore the potential that is specific to the medium. Secondly, the article analyses Walter Benjamin's (1936, Illuminations, London, Pimlico) essay "The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction", because here we find not a different educational response to cinema, but one of the first studies on cinema that describes its ontological nature and the potential of moving images for thought. Finally, the article discusses the cinema philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, who, in contrast to Giroux, does not construct a Cartesian framework around cinema. Rather, he recognizes and explores cinema's potential for thoughts like Benjamin did. In this way, Deleuze reverses Giroux's question of how education should respond to cinema. A pedagogical discussion hereby comes to the fore that does not ask the question of what methodology should be used in education to think critically about cinema, but what the implications are of the nature of cinema for thought and for education.
Descriptors: Films, Teaching Methods, Guidelines, Critical Thinking, Educational Theories, Educational Philosophy
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