Teaching History With Film

Teaching About Film as History

Authored by: Jeremy Stoddard

The Routledge Companion to Media Education, Copyright, and Fair Use

Print publication date:  February  2018
Online publication date:  February  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138638891
eBook ISBN: 9781315637549
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The use of film in history classrooms is far from a new or rare occurrence. Film has played a role as a pedagogical medium for over a century, but the developments of the past few decades have seen a rapid expansion of access to history-related media (e.g., streaming) and the ability for students to access media in and out of the classroom on all manner of screens. Over the past two decades, there have been a growing interest and body of research into how film acts as a source of history and how it may be used to engage students in historical thinking as part of media literacy or as a way to engage in difficult or controversial history topics. This chapter explores how film acts as a form of history, how film has been used to engage students in historical inquiry and historical thinking, and how student-produced historical films support student learning.

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