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An asymmetric Delphi study of viewer impacts and film attributes: Selecting film for instruction

, Capella University, United States

Capella University . Awarded


A three-round Asymmetrical Delphi Study was used to survey an interdisciplinary group of 14 experts in fields relevant to the use of film within education. These fields include screenwriting; English and literature; film studies; cognitive psychology; neuropsychology; neuroscience; political science; and philosophy. Round 1 identified four major viewer impact categories: emotional, cognitive, aesthetic, and integrative. Round 2 posed a set of film attributes and sought links between them and impact types. Round 3 refined the attributes resulting in eight: content; character; artistic integrity; universality; uniqueness; internal logic; narrative structure; and technical competence. Impact/attribute combinations were identified that were considered most important preceding instruction and during instruction. More combinations of attribute/impacts fell into emotional categories when film was used prior to instruction and more fell in the cognitive categories when film was used during instruction. Desirable attribute/impact combinations selected by panelists provide a framework for a taxonomy of film to assist educators in a more deliberate and informed selection of instructional materials, specifically, feature films.


Moore, F.C. An asymmetric Delphi study of viewer impacts and film attributes: Selecting film for instruction. Ph.D. thesis, Capella University. Retrieved February 22, 2019 from .

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