Pedagogy beyond the culture Wars: De-differentiation and the use of technology and popular culture in undergraduate sociology teaching

Bradley West, Jason Pudsey, Priscilla Dunk-West

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    Abstract

    In recent decades there have been various calls for a pedagogical revolution in universities to address a new technology-savvy generation of students. These developments have been met with concern about the postmodern relativizing of educational achievement and accusations of the 'dumbing down' of course content. Moving beyond such culture war divisions between orthodox and progressive worldviews, this article outlines how reference to popular culture and utilization of its styles can result in student re-engagement with traditional learning materials and formats. Drawing on focus group interviews with students from an introductory sociology class that incorporated a specifically designed DVD, we outline the individual and societal benefits of a de-differentiated pedagogy that combines traditional rationalist education with more playful forms of learning that directly link with students' life-worlds.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)198-214
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of Sociology
    Volume47
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

    Keywords

    • cultural conflict
    • everyday life-world
    • higher education
    • play
    • youth generation

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