Design for learning through film production

Design for learning through film production

This project is a participatory design research in which teachers, educators and researchers together plan and evaluate the use of documentary filmmaking for learning and representation of knowledge in upper secondary school. Using activity theory, the research investigates the need for social sciences teachers to develop media literacy competencies and ways to integrate them in their teaching. The competence to understand and create communication with documentary film is based on knowledge of their historical development, genres, and semiotic affordances. An activity theoretical model is used to make the necessary connections between technology, media literacy, and subject matter content in the design process. Making the different levels visible and tangible enables a collaborative analysis of professional development needs for teachers while designing and enacting curricular plans involving documentary film production.