HomeInternational Journal of Education Research for Higher Learningvol. 22 no. 1 (2016)

Effectiveness of BBC’s Documentary Film Resurrection: A Search for Answers as a Teaching Material for Christ’s Resurrection

Korina Christelle Coquilla | Ray Anthony Galura | Rayshel Liane Improgo | Theodoro Y Caballero, Jr | Fe Monique Musni-tagaytay



Film documentaries have been used in the classroom for visual imagery and powerful audio which can engage students in ways that lectures in classrooms and textbooks cannot. With students in the classroom belonging to a highly mediatized generation in a highly visual culture, this quasi experimental study sought to determine whether a documentary film could replace or outdo the teacher’s traditional lecture in teaching a particular topic in the classroom. A mini experiment was performed on students taking a theology course specifically the topic of Christ’s Resurrection. The control group was given the lesson by their teacher using the traditional classroom lecture while the experimental group was exposed to a chosen documentary film produced by BBC entitled, Resurrection: A Search for Answers instead of a teachers lecture. The study found that the levels of performance of both the experimental and control group increased from Average to High. Moreover, this investigation found that there is a significant difference in the mean gain scores between the control and experimental groups, in favor of the former. Thus, the students who were supervised through the lecture method performed better as compared to those who were exposed to the chosen documentary film. Lastly, the attitude level of the students exposed to documentaries was established as high.