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dc.contributor.advisorDavis, Lloyd
dc.contributor.advisorMcGuire, Mark
dc.contributor.authorMacTavish, Jinty
dc.date.available2011-06-08T02:33:36Z
dc.date.copyright2011
dc.identifier.citationMacTavish, J. (2011). Films to change a climate: the power of narrative in promoting action competency on climate change amongst New Zealand youth (Thesis, Master of Science Communication). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/1720en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/1720
dc.description.abstractAlthough there is an increasing urgency for individual citizens to take meaningful action to combat climate change, proportionately few New Zealanders are doing so. There is a need for climate change education to be integrated into the New Zealand curriculum in a way that tackles this attitude-action gap and promotes action competency amongst young people. I investigate the reasons behind the attitude-action gap, and discuss the effectiveness of key components of the umbrella movement of Education for Sustainability (EfS) movement in tackling the determinants of this gap, before touching on the barriers that have hindered its widespread implementation in New Zealand schools. I argue that storytelling can be an effective conduit for climate change education because of its effectiveness in transmitting knowledge, and because of its intrinsic transformative potential. Film is a particularly strong narrative medium, and I use Lessons from a Melting Icecap, a film that I produced as part of this thesis, as an example of how a film can be designed to significantly increase student action competency on climate change. I also discuss the results of a survey of filmmaking students that suggests - much as EfS theory advocates - that involving students in community-linked, action-focused climate change filmmaking projects has the potential to be an even more effective way to promote their action competency than simply showing them films. Furthermore, I explain how narrative-based climate change resources and processes can be used to spread EfS throughout the New Zealand schooling system by incorporating them into traditionally non-EfS subjects like English and Media Studies, and by encouraging cross-curricular projects.en_NZ
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dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectNarrativeen_NZ
dc.subjectAction Competencyen_NZ
dc.subjectClimate Changeen_NZ
dc.subjectFilmen_NZ
dc.subjectEducation for Sustainabilityen_NZ
dc.subjectYoung Peopleen_NZ
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.subjectFilmmakingen_NZ
dc.subjectStoryen_NZ
dc.subjectCurriculumen_NZ
dc.titleFilms to change a climate: the power of narrative in promoting action competency on climate change amongst New Zealand youthen_NZ
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2011-06-02T01:39:44Z
thesis.degree.disciplineThe Centre for Science Communicationen_NZ
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science Communicationen_NZ
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters Theses
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