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Teaching Social Issues with Film

reviewed by David J. Connor - November 10, 2009

coverTitle: Teaching Social Issues with Film
Author(s): William Benedict Russell
Publisher: Information Age Publishing, Charlotte
ISBN: 1607521164, Pages: 200, Year: 2009
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In our contemporary world, students interact with more knowledge circulated throughout the media than in the form of a written text. Given this, the author of Teaching Social Issues with Film rightly asserts that the power of film is underutilized and undertheorized within secondary and college level pedagogy (note: middle and elementary education levels are not addressed). Russell points out, “Despite the abundance of film use, the majority of teachers have never been properly trained to use film effectively and appropriately” (p. 17). To counter this, he begins the first slim chapter focusing on The Russell Model for Teaching Film, a four stage framework consisting of: Preparation; Previewing; Watching; and Culminating Activity. This framework is used to guide subsequent chapters: “Legal Issues”; “Teaching Social Issues with Film”; and “Evaluating Social Issues in Film”. In turn, these chapters are followed by a detailed filmography, encompassing thirty alphabetized categories of diverse social... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 10, 2009
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15827, Date Accessed: 3/3/2021 9:40:05 AM

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  • David Connor
    Hunter College, City University of New York
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    DAVID J. CONNOR is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Hunter College, City University of New York. His most recent book, co-authored with Jan Valle, is Rethinking Difference: A Disability Studies Approach to Inclusive Practices (2010). He is currently researching college students with Learning Disabilities.
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