ERIC Number: EJ888785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Reference Count: 4
Connecting Student and Subject Matter: The Cultural Artifact Discussion Assignment
Smith-Sanders, Alane K.
Communication Teacher, v22 n2 p44-47 Apr 2008
This article presents a class activity where students work in dyads to select an artifact related to a course topic and, using this artifact, develop discussion questions to engage their classmates. This cultural artifact assignment is intended to, in part, answer John Dewey's call to cultivate connections between subject matter and life activities. Generally, this assignment encourages students to look for things they encounter in their everyday environments (magazine articles, songs, video clips, comics, etc.) and reflect on how these artifacts relate to topics covered in class. The goals of this assignment are twofold: (1) to encourage students to make connections between course subject matter and artifacts/experiences from their lives outside the classroom; and (2) to improve students' critical thinking skills through discussion.
Descriptors: Relevance (Education), Discussion, Class Activities, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Assignments, Public Speaking, Instructional Effectiveness
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