Use of Cinematic Films as a Teaching/Learning Tool for Adult Education


  • Syed Hani Abidi Aga Khan University
  • Sarosh Madhani Aga Khan University
  • Aamna Pasha Aga Khan University
  • Syed Ali Nazarbavey University


Adult Learning, cinematic films, Medical education


This study explores the utility of cinematic films as an adult learning/teaching tool for cultivating an appreciation of moral and ethical values among graduate‑level university students. In 2013 and 2014, film courses were offered to first‑year medical students at Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan, as part of the Humanities and Social Sciences module. At the end of the module, a questionnaire‑based survey was administered to the students to evaluate the effectiveness of films as a learning tool. The majority of participants considered films to be more effective as a learning tool than the Internet or newspapers. They viewed films as an effective learning tool primarily because they provide a human connection and give insight into human psychology. After participating in the course, the participants appreciated films as a resource for learning. We conclude that cinematic films can be used as an effective supplementary adult learning/teaching tool.


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How to Cite

Abidi, S. H., Madhani, S., Pasha, A., & Ali, S. (2017). Use of Cinematic Films as a Teaching/Learning Tool for Adult Education. Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education, 29(1), 37–48. Retrieved from