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Film in composition: Developing critical thinking skills through the study of film in first -year composition


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Film in composition: Developing critical thinking skills through the study of film in first-year composition presents an investigation of the application of film study in college writing instruction. The first two chapters argue for the inclusion of film in the teaching of writing; explore the cultural, social, and political relevance of film for the field of composition; and present a review of the theoretical and pedagogical applications of film study in secondary English and first-year writing courses. The third chapter presents a qualitative study completed from April 2006 to April 2007. It details the methodology of the research project, the data collection and analysis of nineteen teacher interviews, six classroom observations, and an assortment of artifacts (e.g., syllabi, course readings, film selections, writing prompts, student writing, student surveys). This data have been coded and organized into reports, appearing in the latter half of the dissertation. Chapters four and five present the cross-case analyses of two southern California community college writing classrooms. They examine the analytical frameworks (e.g., narrative-cultural and cinematic-rhetorical analyses) teachers implement to hone student critical thinking skills. The examination of analytical frameworks leads to the sixth chapter, which explores the implications of these teaching practices. This discussion closes the dissertation, providing final thoughts and arguments for including film in composition as a way to improve intellectual skills that are necessary for a critical academic literacy.

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Subject
Community colleges;
Rhetoric;
Composition;
Motion pictures
Classification
0275: Community colleges
0681: Rhetoric
0681: Composition
0900: Motion pictures
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Education; Language, literature and linguistics; Academic literacy; Composition; Critical thinking; Film; Pedagogy; Writing
Title
Film in composition: Developing critical thinking skills through the study of film in first -year composition
Author
Amaya-Anderson, Beatriz
Number of pages
342
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0318
Source
DAI-A 69/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549659709
Advisor
Rafoth, Bennett A.
Committee member
Norris, Linda; Slater, Thomas J.
University/institution
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Department
English
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3315410
ProQuest document ID
304404254
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304404254
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