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ERIC Number: EJ888839
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
Beatles versus Beethoven: Using Music to Introduce Cognitive Structures
Herman, Andrew P.; Wyant, Christopher P.
Communication Teacher, v20 n2 p44-48 Apr 2006
The concepts of social cognition and cognitive structures are important aspects of constructivism and human communication theory. By asking students to listen to different musical selections and fill in a simple rubric, different schemas become apparent. This creates an opportunity to discuss how cognitions relate to communication. Students who have learned about cognitions in prior classes should "see" their own cognitions come into focus. Those who are not familiar with the vocabulary of cognitive structures should begin to see the connections between the formal terms and their own observations as the class activity and discussion proceed. This activity is a simple way to highlight an important aspect of the perceptual process. Depending on the awareness level of the student regarding the course material, the process can be triggered without the listener recognizing what is going on. The activity provides an opportunity to make students recognize their own schemata and the influence these have on their communication. [A list of references and suggested readings is included.] (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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