Effective use of film in the social studies classroom

Abstracts due: 2 January 2023


For this special issue of Social Studies Research and Practice, the aim is to invite articles showing the effective use of film in the social studies classroom.  Using film influence students’ historical thinking and citizenship skills along with historical empathy. Carefully chosen films can provide teachers with a culturally responsive teaching lens.  As a strategy, the use of film creates inquiry-focused learning experiences for students.  Films can engage students in the interpretation of an event, person, place, or idea as well as provide opportunities to use content and primary sources to analyze and critique film. Our aim will be met by asking for research and practitioner-focused manuscripts to accommodate different levels of social studies education instruction. 


Our goal

The goal of this special issue is to show how films used in social studies classrooms can enhance the content objectives of the course and develop critical thinking skills.  If teachers show films without effective, efficient, and purposeful instruction, students could leave the classroom with misrepresentations, biases, and content discrepancies.  This Special Issue will present new effective strategies in all areas of social studies utilizing critical thinking skills, disciplinary lenses, and critical analysis.  These strategies can bridge gaps between theory and practice and assist teachers in using film as a complement to instruction and not a replacement for it.

We call for manuscript abstracts for research or practitioner-based demonstrating the effective use of film in the social studies classroom. 

Abstracts should include:

  1. Name, contact information, and affiliation
  2. 500-word summary that aligns with at least one of the following elements for the use of film in the classroom: critical thinking skills, disciplinary lenses, critical analysis, and/or The C3 Framework.


We ask

Please adhere to the following:

  • Abstracts due by: January 2, 2023
  • Abstracts due to: Dr Scott Roberts ([email protected])

If your abstract is accepted, you must follow the guidelines below as well as meet the submission deadline schedule when preparing the full manuscript.

If you have additional questions, please direct all inquiries to Dr Scott Roberts ([email protected]).



Carefully review all of the author guidelines on the Social Studies Research and Practice journal site here to ensure compliance.

Accepted articles should not exceed journal word count maximum of 7000.


Submission deadlines and timeline


  • Abstract submissions due to Dr Roberts

January 2, 2023

  • Editors notify of proposal decision

January 23, 2023

  • Submission of full manuscripts through the Social Studies Research and Practice site of Emerald Publishing

March 23, 2023

  • Peer reviewed manuscript feedback provided

September 15, 2023

  • Finalized manuscripts submitted for copyediting/proofing

December 1, 2023

  • Anticipated special issue publication

Spring 2024