Pedagogy beyond the culture wars

BD West, J. Pudsey, P Dunk-West

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In recent decades there have been various calls for a pedagogical revolution in universities to address a new technology-savvy generation of students. These developments have been met with concern about the postmodern relativizing of educational achievement and accusations of the ‘dumbing down’ of course content. Moving beyond such culture war divisions between orthodox and progressive worldviews, this article outlines how reference to popular culture and utilization of its styles can result in student re-engagement with traditional learning materials and formats. Drawing on focus group interviews with students from an introductory sociology class that incorporated a specifically designed DVD, we outline the individual and societal benefits of a de-differentiated pedagogy that combines traditional rationalist education with more playful forms of learning that directly link with students’ life-worlds.
Translated title of the contributionPedagogy beyond the culture wars
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198 - 214
JournalJournal of Sociology
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011


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