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ERIC Number: EJ791785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
Classic and Modern Propaganda in Documentary Film: Teaching the Psychology of Persuasion
Simpson, Kevin E.
Teaching of Psychology, v35 n2 p103-108 Apr 2008
Primary source material found in documentary film has the potential to richly inform college teaching. This article describes using 2 historically significant documentary-style films to teach concepts in the psychology of persuasion. Exemplary clips taken from "Triumph of the Will" (Riefenstahl, 1935) and "Fahrenheit 9/11" (Moore, 2004) illustrated theoretical and applied topics typically taught in undergraduate social psychology. Evidence of student learning along with positive student evaluations support the use of this approach as an effective way to teach about concepts and techniques in persuasion and propaganda. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A