ERIC Number: ED196749
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
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The Effect of the Teaching Technique of Using Popular Music Upon Students' Attitude Toward History and Subject Matter Knowledge.
McTeer, J. Hugh; Bailey, Robert T.
The document describes a research project studying the effects of using popular music in a high school contemporary U.S. history course. The hypothesis was to ascertain whether popular music can increase student interest and performance in the social studies. Two sections of senior high school students were studied. Section I, the control group, was taught using the traditional lecture-discussion method, while the second section, the experimental group, listened to and analyzed popular music relating to topics such as aging, assassination, civil rights, crime, drugs, death, ecology, nuclear power, Vietnam, the women's movement, and power. Both sections studied readings from a history text, had the same teacher, and met for five weeks. The students were pretested for intellectual ability and pre- and posttested for attitude and subject matter knowledge. Findings showed no statistically significant difference in gain in attitude toward history and gain in subject matter knowledge between the two groups. However the means of the gain-scores were greater for the experimental group in both attitude and knowledge. The author concludes that, contrary to what teachers frequently feel, using class time to listen to and analyze popular music relating to historical topics did not reduce the students' knowledge of the standard subject matter. (CK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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