Making Curriculum Pop

Academic Exchange Quarterly
Winter 2010 Volume 14, Issue 4

Popular Culture
Feature Editor:
Lena Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Teacher Education, Miami University, Oxford OH

As popular culture establishes itself as a new collective mythos, it also continues to gain validity as a field of study.  Popular culture often inserts itself into the classroom and serves as ways for students and teachers to connect and convey concepts and knowledge.  Moreover, it fuels areas of media literacy and “new literacies” by providing common material for students and teachers to analyze, critique, and create.

This issue of AEQ seeks to contribute both theoretical and practical insights into the ways in which popular culture works in a variety of educational settings.  Manuscripts may deal with what popular culture means and the ways in which it addresses topics of curricular interest, from early childhood education to adult education, current attention to technological advances, and globalization.  In addition, submissions might address the question of the “appropriate” use of popular culture in the classroom, along with any of the following:
How does popular culture shape education, schooling, or/and knowledge?
What is a significant issue in thinking about popular culture in young children’s classrooms?
How might one integrate aspects of popular culture into the classroom in order to make learning and teaching more meaningful?
How can teachers “keep up with” students’ interests in popular culture?
How can a teacher interact with and collaborate with his/her colleagues or/and the parents of that teacher’s students in an effective manner?
How can a better understanding of popular culture, in particular those of youth, lead to improved pedagogical practices?
Who should submit?
Those who are interested in the implications of popular culture on learning, education and schooling are encouraged to submit. Papers should primarily deal with the topic of popular culture, and those which deal with media literacy and “new literacies” are also welcome.  Papers may take the form of theoretical explorations of the topic, research studies being conducted or in process, practical applications for education or any combination of approaches. Please identify your submission with the keyword: CULTURE-3
Submission deadline:
Any time until the end of August 2010; see details for other deadline options like early, regular, and short. For the information about the deadline options, please check out the web site

Submission Procedure:

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