"Engaging Class Struggles": Preparing Students for the "Real World" by Teaching "Activist" Cultural Production in the Classroom

Canadian Journal of Communication

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Title "Engaging Class Struggles": Preparing Students for the "Real World" by Teaching "Activist" Cultural Production in the Classroom
 
Creator Pimlott, Herbert; Department of Communication Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
 
Subject Communication; Media Studies; Pedagogy;
Communication studies; Critical pedagogy; Rhetorical analysis; Alternative media; Scholar activism / Études en communication; Pédagogie critique; Analyse rhétorique; Médias alternatifs; Activisme universitaire
 
Description In this self-reflective essay, the author argues that communication studies offers opportunities for integrating activism with classroom content that is useful for teaching both academic knowledge and practical skills, while actively engaging students in subject matter that is of direct interest. Despite the deterioration of faculty working (and student learning) conditions, he argues that there is space for activist scholars to draw from their commitments and engage in forms of critical pedagogy that also meet student desires for professional skills. After offering an overview of his own teaching philosophy and background, he provides examples of content, assignments, and readings to illustrate how both critical thinking and writing skills are taught and student “disengagement” overcome.Dans cet article autoréflexif, l’auteur soutient que les études en communication offrent l’occasion d’intégrer l’activisme dans la salle de classe afin de transmettre à la fois un savoir académique et des aptitudes pratiques aux étudiants, tout en impliquant ceux-ci dans des sujets qui les concernent directement. Malgré la détérioration des conditions de travail pour le corps professoral (et celle des conditions d’apprentissage pour les étudiants), l’auteur soutient que les chercheurs activistes peuvent s’inspirer de leurs engagements sociaux afin d’entreprendre une pédagogie critique pouvant rencontrer les désirs des étudiants qui veulent développer leurs habiletés professionnelles. L’auteur décrit d’abord sa propre formation professionnelle et sa philosophie d’enseignement, après quoi il fournit des exemples de contenu, des sujets pour travaux étudiants et une liste de lecture afin de montrer comment on peut enseigner la pensée critique et l’écriture de manière à surmonter l’apathie de l’étudiant.
 
Publisher Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing Press
 
Contributor
 
Date 2017-02-12
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
research-article
 
Format application/pdf
text/html
 
Identifier http://www.cjc-online.ca/index.php/journal/article/view/3108
10.22230/cjc.2017v42n1a3108
 
Source Canadian Journal of Communication; Vol 42, No 1 (2017): Activism and Communication Scholarship in Canada
1499-6642
0705-3657
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://www.cjc-online.ca/index.php/journal/article/view/3108/3305
http://www.cjc-online.ca/index.php/journal/article/view/3108/3323
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2017 Herbert Pimlott
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/
 

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