During the first two weeks of this term, students in year 1 dropped their regular schedule to focus on a specific cross-curricular challenge – How does media in English-speaking countries view Sweden and Swedish society? More specifically, students were to prove or disprove English-speaking media coverage of Sweden by conducting a local field study.
A thoughtful task designed by teachers required students to work together in groups of 4 – 6 to question, examine, debate, and draw conclusions based on their findings – and then present those conclusions in the form of a film.
The films were well structured, thought-provoking and entertaining. Here are just a few:
This project met the goal of helping students understand –
how mass media and information technology can influence the perception of the society that we live in
and it also helped to develop students’ teamwork skills, project planning skills, as well as multimedia presentation skills.
Students were assessed based on:
The starting point for the project is the following paragraph taken from the central contents of the Social Science 1b course plan:
During the project you will also be given the chance to develop the following skills in both Social Science and English:
Thanks students and staff for engaging in such an exciting project. Project learning about real life is one way VRG makes the learning authentic.