Popular Culture In Education

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Contemporary education promises for a student-centered environment where the learner’s learning needs are taken into account in forming pedagogical approaches. The study of the learners’ psychology aims to have a better understanding of how a student may learn best – which then entails for teachers to be responsible in providing motivation for their student as it is deemed necessary. With this shift in educational paradigm as modern educational research took place, the need for teachers to innovate pedagogical approaches arises, and it is where popular culture may serve as one. With this type of pedagogical mind set, it is then appropriate to capitalize on popular culture as a good source of learning materials. With the attempt to use popular…show more content…
Therefore, the combination of the different meanings of the word ‘popular’ with ‘culture’ offers four different meanings to ‘popular culture’ in general. However, in the integration of popular culture with education, as this paper attempts, the first suggested meaning will be used. This is because the other meanings of popular culture do not fit the context of education when ‘popular culture’ is treated as a source of learning materials. The second definition of the term, which connotes ‘inferior kind of work’, pertains to popular culture in terms of value-judgement in comparison to high culture. This definition of popular culture refers to the works and practices of intellectual and artistic activity whose function is to signify practices - which is not at par with the standard classical forms of works and practices from high culture. The third meaning of the term, which connotes “work deliberately setting…show more content…
In a paper authored by Angel Lin and Tracy Cheung, resources from pop culture are used in order to design an engaging language arts curriculum for EFL students. In the beginning of the paper, the authors expressed their tiresomeness in using language drills and exercises from textbooks. This then leads to their use of materials in the popular culture to teach English effectively. Moreover, the context of the said paper is in Hongkong with local students where English is not a native language. They were only colonized by an English-native nation which means that their target language is not really part of their culture. Lin and Cheung used the influence of popular culture in a adapting the format of a famous Cantonese TV Quiz Show as a form of assessment in phonemic knowledge. They also used Cooking Mama, a famous video game among the teens there in 2008, in teaching the language structure behind giving instructions. More topics in forming a language curriculum for EFL students were discussed in the paper. However, with the aforementioned parts of the paper, the use popular cultures in teaching language arts promote learning by context. The student engagement in the language activities derived from popular culture allows them to learn language articulation and structure in the context where it is actually used in real-life. This makes learning more purposeful. It allows the students

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