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ERIC Number: EJ1138144
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0030-9230
"Springing from a Sense of Wonder": Classroom Film and Cultural Learning in the 1930s
Van Gorp, Angelo
Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education, v53 n3 p285-299 2017
This article makes an "exercise in the archaeology of education" and focuses on the City of Birmingham (UK) in the year 1935 where the Education Committee allowed an experiment on the use of classroom film in senior elementary schools. Arrangements were made to provide projectors, films, operators, and screens for a series of exhibits at 80 schools. The aim of the experiment was to test the value of cinema for class teaching purposes. This article argues that this experiment with sound film could equally be considered an experiment in cultural learning. The first section describes the experiment and the local context in which it took place. The second section broadens the perspective by providing context beyond the local level that puts the experiment in time and place. The third and final section picks up on some of the findings of the first two sections and considers contemporary sources, mainly articles published in the British Film Institute's film magazine "Sight and Sound," as well as recent scholarship on both educational and documentary film in order to discuss the notions of "background" and "excursive" film and to show that the experiment was a genuine adventure in cultural learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Birmingham)
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