ERIC Number: EJ945542
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
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Getting Political Science in on the Joke: Using "The Daily Show" and Other Comedy to Teach Politics
Beavers, Staci L.
PS: Political Science and Politics, v44 n2 p415-419 Apr 2011
The challenges of teaching introductory-level U.S. politics to reluctant audiences are well known and widely lamented. This article investigates the pedagogical potential of political satire, specifically "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart", in engaging students in this tough-to-teach course. Based on a review of available literature and student survey data from the fall 2008 term, I argue that using this popular program in the classroom can enhance an introductory U.S. politics course. A review of both these survey data and student papers based on the program suggests promising possibilities for encouraging students' political engagement and critical-thinking skills. This preliminary examination demonstrates that further study on the program's potential both for student engagement and student learning outcomes is warranted.
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, College Students, Political Science, Student Surveys, Thinking Skills, Popular Culture, Television Viewing, Teaching Methods, Student Attitudes, Critical Thinking, Political Issues, Comedy
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