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Integrating Film and Television into Social Studies Instruction By their own accounts and those of their critics the current generation of students is a video generation They learned to read with Big Bird on Sesame Street and their view of the world has been largely formed and shaped through visual culture This familiarity can make film and video a powerful pedagogical tool Visual media also address different learning modalities making material more accessible to visual and aural learners Add to this the rich array of diverse videos and documentaries available and its easy to see why these formats represent the second most popular source used in social studies classes However the very qualities that make film and video so popular present problems as well For students raised on a steady diet of media consumption film and documentary footage used in the classroom often becomes edutainment This does more than simply distort historical and social issues It reinforces the passive viewing and unquestioning acceptance of received material that accompanies growing up in a video environment That passivity and lack of critical awareness is anathema to a democracy An essential aspect of social studies education is the teaching of information and skills needed by people who are to participate actively as citizens in a democratic society Thirty years ago this meant teaching students to read the newspaper critically to identify bias there and to distinguish between factual reporting and editorializing Critical viewing skills must be added to this effort One solution to the omnipotence of visual culture is to develop a critical awareness of that culture The last ten years have witnessed many efforts combining media literacy and pedagogy For social studies teachers an excellent starting point is John E OConnors IMAGE AS ARTIFACT THE HISTORICAL ANALYSIS OF FILM AND TELEVISION OConnors work discusses pedagogical approaches to film and video that have their antecedents in the philosophy of historical
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