Research project promotes film literacy in schools in northern Portugal

Católica project aims to reduce social inequalities through cinema

Educating and including through the promotion of an artistic language around Cinema is the objective of the INSERT research project, developed by the Center for Research in Science and Technology of the Arts (CITAR) of the School of Arts, Catholic University in Porto.

For 18 months, between 2022 and 2023, this project will also involve researchers from the Research Center for Human Development (CEDH) of the Faculty of Education and Psychology, with the Directorate-General for Education and the National Film Plan as partners.

The main purpose of INSERT is to reduce social inequalities through the promotion of film literacy,” explains Pedro Alves, project coordinator, professor at the Escola das Artes and researcher at CITAR. Like? Providing and guiding teachers and students in the use of a set of resources that will contribute to the dynamism of pedagogical cinematographic projects in a school context, of a flexible, autonomous and inclusive nature.

The importance of this initiative for the educational community is based on the possibility of reducing inequalities in access to different teaching or learning opportunities and strategies. It is an integrated project-based on current national and international strategies for film literacy and pedagogy, in which the aim is to “give more schools, teachers and students the opportunity to get in touch with cinema,” says Pedro Alves. The project coordinator adds that “within 18 months we hope to have properly tested and improved a methodology for learning and experimenting with cinema that makes sense to disseminate in a broader and more open way”.

Pedro Alves, who is also coordinator of the degree in Cinema at the Escola das Artes, also states that “this project responds to the contemporary need for flexibility and inclusion in schools, promoting an artistic language and a learning and action strategy that will bring all the actors of the school community”. The project’s methodology will be tested in five schools in the north of the country so that it can then be disseminated on a more global scale, both nationally and internationally. “In 2023, INSERT is expected to be an open access, scientifically sound and pedagogically rich online tool, to be used in different contexts, by different actors, with different goals and approaches,” concludes Pedro Alves.

Developed by the Center for Research in Science and Technology of the Arts (CITAR) of the School of Arts, Catholic University in Porto, the INSERT research project is funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). 

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