More to film
Glasgow University research found that Scottish Screen's moving image education had a number of potential benefits in learning, but that there was "little or no impact" if it was viewed simply as film-making. It was more productive if seen to be about communication.
Teachers got more out of this type of education - in which there should be no right or wrong answers - if they linked it to particular themes, rather than conceptualising it as film-making.
The researchers also say that moving image education can enthuse reluctant learners.
They conclude that if it is to have a long-term future in schools, it must be approached within different parts of the curriculum.