Academic journal article International Journal of Education and Management Studies

Value Education in Schools: School Cinema versus the Moral Science Textbook

Academic journal article International Journal of Education and Management Studies

Value Education in Schools: School Cinema versus the Moral Science Textbook

Article excerpt

School Cinema: Introduction of a 'reel' way of learning in schools

Popular views of educational technology tend to exaggerate both its promise and peril. Advocates hype computers and the internet as instant remedies to substitute a dry curriculum and edifying instruction in school. Alarmists worry that computers will replace teachers and the World Wide Web will poison the minds of young people. Both extreme positions place too much emphasis on the technology itself. To add to the debates between these groups we have another initiative, using cinema as a medium to connect to these young minds in what is purported to be a fun and exciting manner.

Needfor the study

In the decades since independence, Indian education has been the site of several attempts to make curricula more meaningful and relevant to the reality of Indian social and economic life. Education has been seen as an important tool of nation building, a space within which the citizen is moulded and shaped, with the values that are desirable in a modem, just and free society. Media and technology have played the dual role of being a boon and a bane. But the question whether this way of learning remains restricted to being an aid to instruction and a mere facilitation towards the learning of concepts arises here.

Can Media Pedagogy be an element of the classroom practice, keeping in view the Indian education system? Media pedagogy is considered to be a cutting-edge form of pedagogy which is used by teachers to help students to deconstruct the messages they receive from mainstream media, and analyze them critically. So can we see media being used as a pedagogical tool to engage critical students?

This modem learning program, School Cinema, was started by Edumedia, in 2009. This is a new concept which makes moral sciences appealing to students. It is slowly seeping into classrooms where children are being shown theme films so that they pick up life's lessons from them. What helped this idea of learning to be a success in the time-frame of 3 years and how will this transition be perceived in the future as it starts expanding in almost all the schools both urban and rural, will also be studied and analysed by the end of this research paper.

The topics selected for the films are based on research conducted by their team in consultation with the psychologists.

So should this be seen as a change in the dynamics of the usual classroom teaching bringing about a shift from a prescriptive learning to a much more interactive learning devoid of books?

A study on School Cinema would enable us to understand if such films can really instil values or morals in children. Do films have the unique power of story-telling, the ability to connect emotionally, appeal visually and provoke thoughts? Can video/ film be considered as a powerful and an effective medium to help in a child's holistic growth, skill and character building and should it be added to the school curriculum?

Another major aspect of the study is positioned to understand the relevance of films focused on children and on education in a country like India, which is considered as the world's largest film-producing country and yet it produces very few films in this area.

Aim of the Study

The study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of school cinema in imparting moral values in comparison to conventional moral science textbooks.

Objectives of the study

* To identify the success of School Cinema in engaging students critically and its efficacy as a pedagogical tool.

* To study whether school cinema encourages leads to shift from a prescriptive learning to a more interactive learning.

* To study whether video/ film can be considered as a powerful and effective medium to help in a child's holistic growth, skill and character building.

* To study the nature and duration of the effects among students both by school cinema tool and the moral science textbook. …

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