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ERIC Number: EJ862283
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0884-1233
The Power of Perspective: Teaching Social Policy with Documentary Film
Shdaimah, Corey
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v29 n1 p85-100 2009
Documentaries can be used as a pedagogical tool to better understand social policy. This medium is especially suited to provide perspectives that often go unheard in policy debates, academic discussions, and textbooks. While many social work educators use documentary films, there is little discussion about this media in the social work literature. Drawing on interdisciplinary film scholarship and the author's classroom experience, this article raises questions about the use of documentary films in the social work policy classroom. What is the role of the educator in choosing films? How can we apply the critical skills of policy analysis to this particular medium? The final section includes recommendations for using documentaries in the social work classroom. (Contains 2 tables and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A