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ERIC Number: EJ809039
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
Using Pop Culture to Teach Introductory Biology
Pryor, Gregory S.
American Biology Teacher, v70 n7 p396, 398-399 Sep 2008
Students are captivated by the characters, storylines, and gossip provided by pop culture (television, movies, magazines, books, sports, music, advertisements, and the Internet). They always seem more engaged when teachers incorporate examples and analogies from popular culture into their lectures. This seems especially true regarding non-majors biology students--a demographic group most instructors find challenging to teach because many of these students are frustrated and bored with the topic of biology. In accordance with these observations, the author believes that pop culture references can be used as an effective pedadogical platform and have the potential to reshape the approach taken by many professors to teach introductory biology. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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