HomeIAMURE International Journal of Social Sciencesvol. 2 no. 1 (2012)

Movies as a Supporting Tool for Assessing Student's Performance Test

Iwan Zahar

Discipline: Social Science



The use of questionnaires and interviews, student’s portfolio, academic transcript were not sufficient to know the background of students and their previous knowledge. The objective of the research is to use movies as supporting criteria to know students prior knowledge, and also other useful information to improve student’s performance. The survey method was undertaken in 20 third year product design students and 9 fourth year multimedia students, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Malaysia. Three questions were used after showing Monalisa Smile’s movie; (1) What is your impression of this movie? (2) How the story is told? (3) What is the element and principal designs which are used in this movie? Most student in the first and third year student can answer the first and second questions but they could not answer the third questions. Art history and art criticism are not included in UMK curricula. Students were seldom criticized movies: therefore, most of their answers could not find the main objective of the movie. Regarding students answer, these movie test will help lecturer to access student performance which can not be revealed in the questionnaires and interviews.