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ERIC Number: EJ894756
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
Using "Remember the Titans" to Teach Theories of Conflict Reduction
Collett, Jessica L.; Kelly, Sean; Sobolewski, Curt
Teaching Sociology, v38 n3 p258-266 Jul 2010
One of the benefits of using films in sociology class is the opportunity media representations give students to "experience" situations that are uncommon in their daily lives. In this note the authors outline research in education that demonstrates the role of imagery and experiential learning in fostering a deeper understanding of material for students. They then focus on the ability of one film ("Remember the Titans") to transport students to a place they will never experience--racially charged 1971 Virginia--and to illustrate social psychological processes of conflict reduction (contact, superordinate goals, and shared identities) as well as the link between micro-interaction, social institutions, and larger patterns of social stratification. After elaborating how the authors have used the film in class, they present findings from their students that demonstrate the effectiveness of the film for enhancing student understanding. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia