Most children engage with a range of popular cultural forms outside of school. Their experiences with film, television, computer games and other cultural texts are very motivating, but often find no place within the official curriculum, where children are usually restricted to conventional forms of literacy. This book demonstrates how to use children's interests in popular culture to develop literacy in the primary classroom. The authors provide a theoretical basis for such work through an exploration of related theory and research, drawing from the fields of education, sociology and cultural studies. Teachers are often concerned about issues of sexism, racism, violence and commercialism within the disco
Exploring the Concept of Culture
Our first task, before attempting to identify the nature of the activities based on popular culture that we might want to introduce into the primary classroom, is to arrive at some understanding of what the terms ‘culture’ and, more particularly, ‘popular culture’ might encompass. Such an understanding is also essential in helping us to make sense of some of the debates and contested positions that surround the introduction of work based on various popular forms to school. This chapter, therefore, will explore the multifarious definitions of the terms ‘culture’ and ‘popular culture’ in order to provide a backdrop to the work outlined in other chapters. We begin by tracing historical constructions of culture and move on ...