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ERIC Number: EJ901019
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
Producing a Mix-Tape: An Activity for Contextualizing Course Content
Zoffel, Nicholas Alexis
Communication Teacher, v24 n4 p192-196 Oct 2010
This article describes an activity in which teachers and students use music in the form of a "Mix-tape" to relate communication theory to students' lived experiences. When students identify and use their own familiar popular culture texts to explain concepts and identify relationships, they do so in ways that the course textbook cannot. This heightened understanding demonstrates the benefits of using popular culture texts for communication pedagogy. Further, these types of pedagogical activities support an enhanced classroom culture, because using them demonstrates that students have a relevant voice that they are encouraged to use in the classroom. The objectives of this activity are: (1) for students to connect a variety of communication concepts taught into a clear contextualized argument; and (2) for students to become "critical producers" of a mix-tape, by recognizing course materials in a popular contexts. A list of references and suggested readings is included.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A