ERIC Number: EJ1047054
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
Vintage Films as Primary Sources in the History Classroom
Knickerbocker, Joan L.
American Secondary Education, v43 n1 p69-83 Fall 2014
Feature films provide a significant form of historical evidence about a culture even when they are fictional. Like books, films are texts that can be analyzed, questioned, and discussed. Vintage films can, therefore, add a valuable new dimension to the history classroom. This article examines how popular films of the 1940s reveal the values, assumptions, and attitudes of that period, and suggestions are given for teachers to help students interpret vintage films as primary sources for understanding the culture in which those films were produced.
Descriptors: History, History Instruction, Primary Sources, Evidence, Cultural Education, Values, Attitudes, War, Filmographies, Middle School Students, High School Students
Ashland University Dwight Schar College of Education. 229 Dwight Schar Building, 401 College Avenue, Ashland, OH 44805. Tel: 419-289-5273; Web site: http://www.ashland.edu/ase
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A