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ERIC Number: ED358491
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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The World according to Gene Rodenberry.
Allen, Sheilah
A teacher of reading across the curriculum uses stories, many based on the television show "Star Trek" or its derivatives "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (STNG) and "Deep Space 9," to illustrate educational theories and practices. The teacher began a discussion of the nature of language, meaning and the significance of literacy by discussing an episode of STNG entitled "Darmok" in which an alien race spoke only in metaphor. Humor is present in many episodes of "Star Trek," as well as concepts like the power of fear. Cultural differences are explored in a number of episodes of STNG. The teacher uses "Star Trek" as an introduction to a lesson and as an impetus for story writing. One of the most enduring qualities of the three series is their focus on problem solving, which can serve as demonstrations for students. The series are also used for teaching the technique of role playing. Episodes of STNG and of "Deep Space 9" can be used to teach content areas such as English, mathematics, history, physics, chemistry, and biology: "Clues" involves an examination of space and time; "Drumhead" involves a Joe McCarthy-like investigator; "Cause and Effect" involves a time loop; "Time's Arrow," involving backward time travel and Mark Twain; "Emissary" deals with guilt, responsibility, and explaining the nature of time to an immortal race; and "The Forsaken" which involves a "shape-shifting" character. "Star Trek" helps teachers and students to think about politics, prejudice, feminism, leadership, addictions, loyalty from a different perspective. (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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