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ERIC Number: EJ794781
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0093-3104
Significant or Safe? Two Cases of Instructional Uses of History Feature Films
Metzger, Scott Alan; Suh, Yonghee
Theory and Research in Social Education, v36 n1 p88-109 Win 2008
The popularity of VHS and DVD over the past two decades has greatly expanded the influence of history movies, watched by millions of adolescents in homes and classrooms. This paper examines two secondary U.S. history teachers' instructional uses of history motion pictures in their classrooms. Ray used The Patriot (2000) to teach history as stories about the past created by people using imagination and evidence. Marie used Roots (1977) to interweave African American history as a thematic thread throughout her curriculum for her almost entirely White student population. By analyzing the cases of these two teachers, we investigate how history feature films function as instructional tools and illustrate the ways in which movies are both powerful and dangerous in the classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan