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Benefits of Film Education

Film education involves: watching and listening to a range of screen texts; discussing and analysing them; generating discursive and creative written work, storyboards and scripts; making films by re-purposing 'found' material or through digital storytelling; exploring genres and types of texts that might be less familiar (e.g. short film, archive film, foreign language film) and re-examining familiar texts.

Film education is more than just a literacy programme. It is a rich context for learning that allows children to develop across the curriculum. The concept of dialogue and discussion is central to film education as well as to Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence.

There are many advantages to film education, both as an aid to discussion and as a focus for creative or documentary activities. Pupils have the opportunity to reason aloud, to support and develop the opinions of their peers, to verbalise solutions to problems, and to collaborate with their peers to reach consensus. Critical questioning techniques deepen pupils’ thought processes and allow teaching and learning to develop within a pupil-directed context.

So much of our cultural understanding and our empathy is developed from what we watch, so the close study of films can have dramatic effects on how young people think and feel, and on their understanding of themselves and their place in the world. Also, it's fun!

Benefits of Film Education

There are numerous benefits to studying film, including:

  • Improved literacy
  • Enhanced understanding of how to construct a narrative
  • Greater sense of relevance to education
  • Better understanding of how different media are constructed and their impact
  • Enhanced discussion skills
  • Improved self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Greater appreciation of culture and democratic society
  • Increased sense of enfranchisement and citizenship.

Likewise, collaborative filmmaking has been shown in numerous academic studies to help young people with all the following skills:

  • Research
  • Analysis
  • Team-work
  • Planning and organisation
  • Flexible thinking and multi-tasking
  • Problem-solving
  • Personal motivation
  • Computing and technology skills
  • Communication
  • Criticism and self-criticism (including peer-reviewing skills)
  • Social awareness
  • Moral responsibility
  • Presentation (both personal and project-related).

Feel free to look through this introductory guide to Film Education. For a more detailed overview please visit our sister site Moving Image Education.