History and Government: What are the limitations of using films in the teaching of History and Government?

CHAPTER THREE

3 f v). Explain the limitations of using films in the teaching of History and Government.

In deciding to use films, the teacher should be aware of their limitations such as the following.

  • Some films can give learners incorrect notions.
  • At times learners treat films as entertainment rather than learning features
  • Films may emphasize elements, that should not be emphasized in the
  • Films are not very adaptable because it is difficult to excerpt what is wanted or to skip what is irrelevant.
  • They are difficult to get and to show when they are required.
  • They require special provision for projection
  • They take up a fair amount of time, thought and money.
  • Sometimes the language used is not to the level of the learners, As such, learners do not comprehend what they are portraying.
  • Use of films disadvantages students with problems of hearing and seeing.
  • They need a specialized (technical) skill for effective utilization which many teachers do not have.
  • In case of failure they can cause a certain amount of embarrassment and confusion.
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