Representing Education in Film

How Hollywood Portrays Educational Thought, Settings, and Issues

  • David Resnick

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Defining the Domain: Methodology and Rationale

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David Resnick
      Pages 3-9
  3. A Movie Close-up on Educational Themes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
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      Pages 45-72
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      Pages 73-94
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      Pages 95-113
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      Pages 115-148
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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 161-169

About this book


This book presents an incisive analysis of how fundamental issues in education are portrayed in film. Focusing on recent films, the author draws on a wide range of educational thinkers and fields of research to examine issues not discussed before. Resnick challenges our assumptions and enriches our general knowledge on critical issues like funding for arts education, what we mean by successful civic education, and the educational value of sports. This project, which includes topics such as the gender gap in civic education,  religious   education, and what animated films have to say about human education, can serve as a “viewer’s guide” to selected educational issues in film and may spur the intelligent use of films in public debate.  


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Authors and affiliations

  • David Resnick
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EducationBar Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-59928-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-59929-2
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