Teaching quality in cinema: Semblances and contrasts between fiction movies and documentary movies

Cándido Genovard Rosselló, David Casulleras Femenia, Concepción Gotzens Busquets

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)


This work analyzes the proposal that cinema of fiction and documentary cinema may offer a better scene on what is teacher's quality, its similitude's and contrasts represented between both categories of films and with the theoretical conceptions generated by prevailing paradigms of psychology of education, that are not, apparently, until now used in this sort of framework. Conclusions suggest that the character of good teachers represented in documentaries emphasize their skills as teaching professionals versus their personal characteristics and their emotional relation with their pupils, which are prominent in fiction cinema. Moreover, it appears that the documentary film does not escape the belief, deeply rooted in our society, that the good professor is preferably a vocational rather than professional. Thus, both models are far from representing a profile set to teacher quality as the available scientific information so far recollected. Those two unlike attempts call for a new revision of the topic from more accurate iconic sources.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-22
JournalRevista Espanola de Pedagogia
Issue number245
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • Education and movies
  • Models of quality teaching in movies
  • Teachers' evaluation


Dive into the research topics of 'Teaching quality in cinema: Semblances and contrasts between fiction movies and documentary movies'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this