ERIC Number: EJ1077328
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Uniting Hispanic Film Studies with Civic Engagement: A Chance for Personal Transformation
Larson, Kajsa C.
Hispania, v98 n3 p533-548 Sep 2015
This current study presents a unique approach to the examination of Hispanic film through the incorporation of a civic engagement project, the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project (MSPP), into the curriculum. Students examined and assessed important global issues, and how they are portrayed in films from several Spanish-speaking countries, while simultaneously investigating nonprofits that address these same needs in the local community. At the end, through a class vote, students chose two nonprofits and awarded each with a $1,000 grant. The inclusion of the MSPP in the Hispanic film course offered students a shared experience and a chance to engage in a discussion of how fiction film can reflect, if not improve, their understanding of real world challenges. Qualitative survey results from students enrolled in the class reveal that combining film with community engagement not only improved their understanding of Hispanic cinema, but also empowered them to be more civic-minded and engaged as advocates of international social concerns in the area in which they live.
Descriptors: Films, Spanish, Teaching Methods, Citizen Participation, Qualitative Research, Surveys, Student Attitudes, Community Involvement, Social Change, Advocacy, Philanthropic Foundations, Grants, Fiction, Student Empowerment, Service Learning, College Students, Likert Scales
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Inc. 900 Ladd Road, Walled Lake, MI 48390. Tel: 248-960-2180; Fax: 248-960-9570; e-mail: AATSPoffice@aatsp.org; Web site: http://www.aatsp.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky