Film and Digital Media Production in Schools

  • Michelle Cannon


Further studies of creative work with young literate media practitioners are drawn from:
  1. (a)

    an international annual film education programme co-ordinated by The British Film Institute and the Cinémathèque française, premised on the practical and aesthetic composition of film language

  2. (b)

    innovative approaches to English and Drama Initial Teacher Training at the UCL, Institute of Education, involving playful moving image production and imaginative sensibilities

  3. (c)

    pragmatic strategies for teaching English in a South London secondary, featuring co-production of film focussed on honing personal critical response and understandings of authorial choice. Ethnographic descriptions of these social worlds are accompanied by commentaries on the contexts and ‘conditions of possibility’ that both constrain and enable participants’ agency within institutional confines.



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelle Cannon
    • 1
  1. 1.UCL Knowledge Lab, Institute of EducationUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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