What's wrong with this Picture is what’s right with this Picture

By Paul Weinstein.

Published by The Learner Collection

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In teaching history, instructors often employ popular motion pictures that portray at least some of the past well. Scholars often criticize films for their distortions and inaccuracies, but their flaws provide even more opportunities for instructional purposes. Access to and availability of popular film allows humanities instructors to employ this resource in new ways that are very effective with today’s media-savvy students. Projects employing film not only stimulate students’ interest in the subject but involve them in a learning environment in which they are comfortable. Ancillary benefits include critical literacy and heightened awareness of the quality of information in our data rich age.

Keywords: Film, Humanities, Instruction

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 13, Issue 11, pp.85-90. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 830.302KB).

Dr. Paul Weinstein

Professor of History, Wayne College, The University of Akron, USA

Paul B. Weinstein, Ph.D., is Professor of History at The University of Akron Wayne College, Orrville, Ohio, USA. In a college that places primary emphasis on instruction, he has published articles on improvisation in teaching, the use of the first person character, and employment of various types of media in coursework.


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