ERIC Number: EJ942562
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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Reference Count: 21
Sung Solecisms: Hip Hop as Non-Prescriptive Pedagogy
Biggs, Cynthia D.
Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly, v5 n1 p39-51 Spr 2011
Does the music idiom commonly known as rap music have educational merit? With its harshest critics lambasting it with connotations that equate it with stupidity, gun culture, jail culture, or non-intellectual culture, could there be a pedagogical link after all? Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Associate Professor of English Education and Anthropology at Teacher's College, Columbia University, believes there is, and affirms this in his recently published book "Beats, Rhymes and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity". Irrefutably, over the last three decades, hip-hop has emerged as an underground phenomenon and has successfully defended its status as one of the world's most popular music genres. The objective of this essay is to offer a critical analysis of the argument presented in support of hip hop as a legitimate learning strategy as espoused by Hill, who happens to be a member and product of the hip-hop generation.
Descriptors: Music, Learning Strategies, Popular Culture, Teaching Methods, Social Influences, Cultural Influences, Identification (Psychology), Language Usage, Language Arts, Postmodernism, Black Dialects
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