Tag Archives: Popular culture

Summing up a critical study of the movie, Twilight, Alison Happel & Jennifer Esposito conclude that popular culture must be seen as education and critically studied as such – totally in line with my thoughts! They write: “Because we understand education … Continue reading

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Reflective practice

“A number of writers have pointed out the benefits of reflection for teachers (see Kottkamp, 1990; Rudney & Guillaume, 1990; Pultorack, 1993; Leahy & Corcoram, 1996; Risko et al., 2002; Florez, 2003; Pedro, 2005). Based on the writings of various … Continue reading

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The belief that popular culture has a negative impact on children’s learning

In her study of interest-based curriculum, Helen Hedges realised that children were using popular culture themes to explore a range of cultural knowledges.  The children’s play, she writes, “reflected popular culture characters and themes, and understanding of family roles and responsibilities, testing … Continue reading

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Applying sociocultural theory to children’s use of (and immersion in) popular culture

“Two major branches of sociocultural theory have been identified. The first, commonly known as sociocultural or social-constructivist, emphasises language and forms of understanding embedded in social and cultural contexts, relationships and practices. The second is that of cultural-historical activity theory. This theory emphasises practical activities and … Continue reading

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