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ERIC Number: EJ994944
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 43
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-0093-3104
Examining Student-Created Documentaries as a Mechanism for Engaging Students in Authentic Intellectual Work
Swan, Kathy; Hofer, Mark
Theory and Research in Social Education, v41 n1 p133-175 2013
Over the last several decades, social studies educators' interest and emphasis on integrating technology into teaching has increased significantly. One promising area of inquiry focuses on the benefits of student-produced digital video. A number of researchers assert that student-produced digital videos provide a variety of benefits, including increases in student motivation and engagement, creative classroom opportunities, and opportunities for more authentic learning experiences. Fewer researchers, however, have explored student learning outcomes from documentary projects. In this article, the authors analyzed a set of student-created digital documentary projects constructed in a standards-based, 8th-grade U.S. history classroom. They holistically examined the level of authentic intellectual work evident in students' projects throughout each stage of the process. The authors found that the students demonstrated a moderate-to-significant degree of authentic intellectual work in creating their own documentary films. (Contains 9 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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