Tuesday 4th Feb, 5:00 pm
Visualising our world
Visualisation through the process of filmmaking can enable dialogue and deeper understanding of connections between science and culture. Our research explores the process and effect on young people of producing films that connect science and culture. Students from three schools, two in Western Australia and one in Malawi, Africa participated in this study. Participants were provided with filmmaking equipment and taught how to shoot and edit films. Working individually or in small groups students produced short films on their interpretation of the connection between science and culture. Films were shown during a community screening where family and friends were invited.
Following the screening, students and teachers were interviewed. Analysis of interviews and the films students produced revealed that linking science to community, family and out of school activities empowered these students to see science as accessible and relevant to their everyday lives. Filmmaking on science and culture motivated and engaged students and enhanced relationships between families and schools.
In future use of this activity, scaffolding and guidance should be provided to guide investigation of the connections between science and culture. In the context of multicultural Australia, students researching, documenting and sharing stories of science and culture, may promote meaningful intercultural understanding.