Reel Education

Documentaries, Biopics, and Reality Television

by Jacqueline Bach (Author)
Textbook 186 Pages
Series: Minding the Media, Volume 17

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Reel Education is the first single-authored book to bring together the theoretical and practical considerations of teaching cinematic texts about education that claim a degree of verisimilitude. Given the recent influx of documentaries, biopics, and reality television shows about education, new theoretical frameworks are required to understand how these productions shape public conversations about educational issues. Such texts, with their claims to represent real-life experiences, have a particular power to sway audiences who may uncritically accept these stories as offering “the truth” about what happens in schools. Since all texts, whatever their truth-claims may be, are grounded in specific ideologies, those in the fields of humanities, education, and media and communication studies must pay attention to how these films and television shows are constructed and for what purposes. This book provides an analysis of documentaries, biopics, and reality television, examining the construction of the genres, the explicit and latent ideologies they contain, and the ways in which students and faculty might critically engage with them in classrooms.


New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2016. XII, 186 pp.

Biographical notes

Jacqueline Bach (Author)

Jacqueline Bach (PhD, Oklahoma State University) is the Elena and Albert LeBlanc Associate Professor of English Education and Curriculum Theory at Louisiana State University. She has published texts on films and reality television shows in journals such as The Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, English Education, and Pedagogies.


Title: Reel Education