Reading Education And Special Education Reflecting On "Why I Press Play:" A Phenomenological Study Of Teachers Using Film For Literacy In Appalachian Schools

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Dr.. Jason DeHart, Assistant Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: This study, which serves as my dissertation work, examines the experiences of teachers in rural, Appalachian classrooms who use film as a text. Film, in this study, was both an ensemble to be used for classroom viewing purposes and a creative writing opportunity for composition. The researcher drew on the methodology of hermeneutic phenomenology, drawing on the work of Merleau-Ponty, in constructing this work. In all, five teachers shared their thinking about how to use film most effectively with reading and writing tasks. These teachers shared a wide range of practices within the structure of their classrooms, and noted their own engagement with film. Popular films, short clips, educational videos, and teacher-and student-created projects were all considered, among other visual practices. Data collection involved an interview at the beginning of the research cycle, followed by teacher audio-recorded and/or written logs, collection of supplemental teaching documents, and a final interview. This dissertation explores four major themes that resulted from the research process, as well as providing an introduction to frame the conversation, a review of the literature to demonstrate what has already been done with film in reading and writing in specific content areas, and notes on implications for current practice, policy, and research drawn from the study.

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DeHart, J. (2019). Reading Education and Special Education Reflecting on “Why I Press Play:” A Phenomenological Study of Teachers Using Film for Literacy in Appalachian Schools. RECAPP 2019, The Office of Research. NC Docks permission granted by author.
Language: English
Date: 2019
RECAPP 2019, film, literacy, digital text, digital pedagogy, media literacy

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