Tooning In: Essays on Popular Culture and Education

Tooning In: Essays on Popular Culture and Education

by Cameron White, Trenia Walker


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A collection of eloquent essays, Tooning In critically examines and interprets the concept of 'popular culture.' Many interesting works have addressed this subject, but few have provided a critical perspective regarding the possibilities of popular culture as a tool for teaching and learning. White and Walker suggest that popular culture is a vital aspect of contemporary life and can be wielded as a tool for efficacy and empowerment, particularly among youth. The book addresses such important questions as: What is the role of popular culture in students' lives? What are the possibilities for popular culture in schooling and education? What are the differences between traditional and transformative approaches to popular culture? With essays specifically devoted to film, music, television, games, and other alternative popular culture texts, Tooning In invites readers to re-examine the fundamental aspects of popular culture as a societal force.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742559707
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/14/2007
Pages: 164
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Cameron White, Ph.D. is currently professor of social education at the University of Houston central campus. He has over 15 years of middle and high school social studies teaching experience. Professional interests include critical theory/critical pedagogy, transformative education, international education, cultural studies, and popular culture. Trenia Walker is assistant professor of education in the Department of Teaching & Learning at Washington State University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Tooning In Chapter 2 The Spiderman Curriculum Chapter 3 Critical Media Literacy Chapter 4 American Idiots Chapter 5 Reading History through Film Chapter 6 Moral Panics: Schools and the Battle for Anime Chapter 7 Global Toppings Chapter 8 Kidstory Chapter 9 Digging Dead Like Me Chapter 10 Givving a Hoot about Holes Chapter 11 Films for Our Time: Using the Three Version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers Chapter 12 Message in the Music Chapter 13 Fight Club and the Disneyfication of Manhood Chapter 14 The Dark Side of Food Chapter 15 Toys, Play and Schooling Chapter 16 Graphic Novels in the Classroom Part 17 Bibliography

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