The Hollywood Curriculum: Teachers in the Movies / Edition 3

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The third edition of The Hollywood Curriculum analyzes over 165 films distributed throughout the United States over the last 80 years to construct a theory of curriculum in the movies that is grounded in cultural studies and critical pedagogy. The portrayal of teachers in popular movies focuses on individual effort rather than collective action, and relies on stock characters and predictable plots, precluding meaningful struggle. Conformation to these conventions ensures the ultimate outcome of the screen narratives and almost always leaves the educational institution—which represents the larger status quo—intact and dominant. To interrogate the "Hollywood curriculum" is to ask what it means as a culture to be responsive to films at both social and personal levels, and to engage these films as both entertaining and potentially transforming.

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Fifty-eight motion pictures distributed widely in the US over the past 60 years are analyzed to construct a theory of curriculum in the movies grounded in cultural studies and critical pedagogy. Looks at the way popular culture constructs its own curriculum in the movies through on-screen relationships between teachers and students, using Huebner's five frameworks for valuing curriculum and interpretations of films as a basis for discussion of the meaning of popular culture and its importance in a democratic vision for education. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433108730
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/15/2010
  • Series: Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education
  • Edition description: Second Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 755,021
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary M. Dalton is Associate Professor of Communication and Co-Director of the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University. She is co-author, with Laura R. Linder, of Teacher TV: Sixty Years of Teachers on Television and co-editor with Linder of the anthology The Sitcom Reader: America Viewed and Skewed. In addition to her scholarly work in the area of critical media studies, she is a documentary filmmaker.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The Hollywood Model: Who Is the "Good" Teacher? 19
3 The Aesthetic-Ethical-Political Value Frameworks of "Good" Teachers in the Movies 35
4 The Technical-Scientific Value Frameworks of "Bad" Teachers in the Movies 51
5 Divided Lives: The Public Work and Private Pathos of Women Teachers in the Movies 69
6 Student Voices 89
Filmography 107
Bibliography 109
Index 115
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