Popular Film Meets Education: Young people engaging in School-Movie Projects
2005 (English)In: Childhoods 2005 Oslo: Children and Youth in Emerging and Transforming Societies, Oslo, 2005, 358- p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Popular Film Meets Education. Young people engaging in School-Movie Projects
This paper is based in a research project concerned with how young people talk about social issues in school. It takes its starting point in some of the state-run School-Movie Projects in Swedish schools in 2003. The aim of such movie projects is to use film as an educational tool, i.e. in line with contemporary ideas that learning takes place in all milieus and settings. School movies are selected from the commercial cinema repertoire, and pupils watch them at local cinemas. Thereafter a common follow-up activity is to discuss the film. These discussions may be led by a teacher in a classroom, or initiated by a teacher and then followed by group discussions among pupils. Popular films are supposed to prompt pupils’ social awareness, reflection and critical thinking. This paper examines how young people relate to popular film in educational settings. An important research question is to understand how young people, in School Movie Projects, express their own possibilities to create change and continuity in societal and political processes. What subjects are brought up? What political and social issues do the pupils engage in and what are they less inclined to pay attention to? Do these issues become gendered in the discussions? Media ethnographic data has been collected in 10 classes in 4 Swedish towns, involving about 250 pupils discussing three different movies (Lilya 4-ever, The Evil (Ondskan), and About a Boy). The material consists of transcribed talk-in-interaction. In analysing the data a qualitative method, critical discourse analysis (Norman Fairclough, 1992, 2003), has been applied.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo, 2005. 358- p.
Film, Education, Young people, Talk-in-interaction
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-28846Local ID: 14037ISBN: 82-569-6352-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-28846DiVA: diva2:249658
Childhoods 2005, 29 June-3July 2005
ProjectsFrom Instruction to Reflection - teachers' and pupils' use of schoolfilm and schoolmovie