Teaching: Popular Culture and the Classroom
Abstract/Proposals by 11/15/03
Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Associations 25th Annual Conference (meeting jointly with the PCA/ACA)
San Antonio, TX April 7-10, 2004
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
1-210-223-1000, fax x6239
Panels now forming on topics related to the teaching of popular culture to students in the secondary and/or college levels. How can high school teachers use popular culture effectively in a high school classroom? As educators we often realize that Homer Simpson, Britney Spears, American Idol, and the latest hit movies often influence our students tremendously, that MTV News is more watched than any of the national nightly news anchors, and that our students are keenly aware of the latest advertising and marketing trends. More and more teachers, especially those teaching English, Social Studies, or Journalism, are beginning to realize that an effective way for students to critique society is by having them study popular culture and the media. There are some great teachable moments when we have our students analyze the media and popular culture and use these for powerful instructional units or lessons in our classroom. Papers are needed that address some of the following questions:
What messages from popular culture and the media are being sent to our students?
What lessons can we learn from this? How do you use popular culture to help critique or discuss current events, cultural stereotypes, or important issues facing teens and/or society today?
How do you teach students to analyze or think about popular culture?
What do we learn as educators?
What do the students learn?
How can students better critique the world, themselves, advertisers, or “teen culture?”
Scholars, teachers, professionals, and others interested in this topic are encouraged to participate. Graduate students are also particularly welcome with award opportunities for best graduate papers. If any of these issues interest you, please accept this invitation to submit a proposal for the category “Teaching: Popular Culture and the Classroom” for this conference. If you have any questions about the conference or your proposal, please e-mail me and I’d be happy to try to answer your questions.
Please send abstracts (200-500 words) or entire paper to the postal/email address given below.
Conference information available our website (below).
English & Journalism Dept.
Plymouth South High School
490 Long Pond Rd.
Plymouth, MA 02360
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