Evaluation of Film Education
Achaos Bildung & Information launched a project on film culture in the schools in 2009, with the aim to sensitize secondary school students for the film medium and to stimulate their interest in present-day Swiss film culture. In particular, the project aimed to convey how enjoyable it can be to think about and discuss the content and formal creative aspects of film and to sharpen their eye specifically for a film culture outside the mainstream. To achieve this objective, Achaos provides teachers with classroom materials on current Swiss film productions, which can be downloaded for free at the Achaos website. Achaos also posts show times for movies in movie theaters in their areas. In addition, the film distributors organize special showings during school days.
ZHAW conducted a first evaluation report in 2010 of the various aspects of Achaos’ project on film culture in the schools and produced an evaluation report. The evaluation was based on a number of different methods: recording the number of downloads of the teaching materials from the website, conducting a document analysis of the website itself, and conducting a written survey of students and teachers on the use of and quality of the classroom materials.
A second evaluation is being conducted in 2014/15. The evaluation will again survey teachers and students using a number of different methods (written questionnaires, online survey, telephone interviews). In addition, classroom materials will be rated and the conclusions and recommendations from the first evaluation re-examined.
The goal of the evaluation is to find out how the teachers utilized the Achaos materials for promoting film culture and what the students’ response to the materials was. Based on the findings, conclusions will be drawn and recommendations made concerning continuation of the project on film culture in the schools.