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ERIC Number: ED419262
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 9
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Cultural Studies and Classroom Assignments I.
Peterson, Valerie
This paper presents ways in which critical thinking can be taught in a communication studies class using cultural studies. The understanding of culture provided by E. Hall (who stressed the importance of self-reflexivity) and R. Williams (whose theory of culture involves relations between elements in a whole way of life) is useful to communication studies assignments and teaching critical thinking. An assignment that gets students to think more critically about their own culture(s) involves having them take a critical look at a game, toy, or sport they remember from childhood and see what it says about their culture is presented. Teachers can draw on examples from their own experience. One way to get students communicating in self-reflexive ways about culture is to expose them to cultural studies essays on similar topics. Since it is difficult to be self reflexive (due to cultural bias), it is important for teachers to lay out a theory of culture and cultural studies, to share personal examples, and to provide exemplar essays so that students can produce quality cultural studies analyses. (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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