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ERIC Number: EJ914513
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 85
ISSN: ISSN-1071-4413
HALO 3 Pedagogy and Christian Ministry: A Curriculum and Context Relationship for Preservice Teachers
Tamatea, Laurence
Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, v33 n1 p48-75 2011
At the University of New England in the rural town of Armidale, Australia, preservice teachers undertake courses in contextual studies in education, introducing the idea that context frames the curriculum. Some students, however, struggle to appreciate the relationship between curriculum and context, principally because socioeconomic dynamics and social theory are not easily viewed in the classroom. Aiming to enable students to more easily engage with the context and curriculum relationship, this article explores the online response to the use of the video game Halo 3 by Christian church groups as a pedagogical tactic to attract young males; a tactic that became the subject of social critique in the United States, powerfully revealing the extent to which the curriculum is indeed related to the context. But more than just highlight the sites of contest around the use of Halo 3, this article is concerned with understanding two things: (1) why Christian churches decided to use Halo 3; and (2) why the popular response was so vocal and divided. Drawing upon the notion of globalization, this article presents a discussion of the arguments around the use of Halo 3 as a curriculum strategy. The term "curriculum" as used in this article refers to all the learning that occurs within the auspices of an institution, such as schools and churches, intentional and unintentional. (Contains 15 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia