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Screen Lessons

What We Have Learned from Teachers on Television and in the Movies


Edited By Mary M. Dalton and Laura R. Linder

This unprecedented volume includes 30 essays by teachers and students about the teacher characters who have inspired them. Drawing on film and television texts, the authors explore screen lessons from a variety of perspectives. Arranged in topical categories, the contributors examine the "good" teacher; the "bad" teacher; gender, sexuality, and teaching; race and ethnicity in the classroom; and lessons on social class. From such familiar texts as the Harry Potter series and School of Rock to classics like Blackboard Jungle and Golden Girls to unexpected narratives such as the Van Halen music video "Hot for Teacher" and Linda Ellerbee’s Nick News, the essays are both provocative and instructive.

Courses that could use this book include Education and Popular Culture, Cultural Foundations, Popular Culture Studies, other media studies and television genre classes.

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Advance Praise for Screen Lessons


“This unique collection includes authors from within and beyond academia who write about media representations that mean something to them personally and professionally. Chapters address a wide range of topics concerning race, ethnicity, sexuality, social class, and how power plays out in formal and informal pedagogical contexts. This book is perfect for academics to recommend to students as a model for articulating their own engagements with cultural texts about education.”

James Trier, author of Detournement as Pedagogical Praxis

“In reflecting on how popular culture has imagined teachers and teaching, Screen Lessons reaffirms the potential for social change that screen narratives and educators alike envision. Historically informed and accessibly theoretical, these engaging essays conjoin their authors’ experiences as educators with sharp analyses of a diverse range of popular texts. Mindful of the issues challenging contemporary education but certain to inspire anyone who teaches and/or loves screen media, Screen Lessons is critical pedagogy incarnate.”

Maria San Filippo, author of The B Word: Bisexuality in Contemporary Film and Television

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