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ERIC Number: EJ980818
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1743-9884
Film as a "Thoughtful" Medium for Teaching History
Stoddard, Jeremy D.
Learning, Media and Technology, v37 n3 p271-288 2012
This collective case study of teachers and students in two ninth-grade US history classes examines the role that films can play as a "thoughtful" medium for teaching history. Specifically, the study focuses on the nature and range of authentic intellectual work that students are engaged in with film in the classroom (Newmann, F., B. King, and D. Carmichael. 2007. "Authentic instruction and assessment: Common standards for rigor and relevance in teaching academic subjects". Des Moines, IA: Iowa Department of Education. The findings contribute to the literature by challenging and extending current notions of pedagogy with a film, in particular, Hobbs' (2006. Non-optimal uses of video in the classroom. "Learning, Media and Technology" 31: 35-50) findings of "non-optimal" use of video. In addition to using a film as simply a historical "text" or visual textbook, students in these classes are engaged with the medium of film in developing conceptual knowledge and historical empathy and in the deliberation of controversial issues or historical events. The study also reveals a continued lack of critical analysis of films as a source and reveals the tension between ideology of "educational" media and teacher practice with media. (Contains 3 tables, 1 figure and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 9; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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