Teaching about the media and popular culture has been a major concern for radical educators. Yet in recent years, the hyperbolic rhetoric of "critical pedagogy" has come under attack, not only from theoretical perspectives such as feminism, anti-racism and postmodernism, but also in The Light Of Actual Classroom Experience. The Notion That Teachers Might "liberate" students through rationalistic forms of ideological critique has been increasingly questioned, not only on the grounds of its political arrogance, but also because of its ineffectiveness in practice. This book seeks to move beyond the limitations of these debates, and to explore positive alternatives. It contains a broad international range of contributions, covering practice from primary schools right through to higher education. The authors draw on diverse perspectives, including poststructuralism, postmodernism, cultural studies, anti-racism and feminism; yet they share a willingness to challenge radical orthodoxies, and to offer positive practical alternatives.

chapter Chapter 1|17 pages

Introduction: Fantasies of Empowerment? Radical Pedagogy and Popular Culture

ByDavid Buckingham

chapter Chapter 3|21 pages

Butt Jokes and Mean-teacher Parodies: Video Production in the Elementary Classroom

ByDonna J. Grace, Joseph Tobin

chapter Chapter 4|25 pages

Pedagogy, Parody and Political Correctness

ByDavid Buckingham

chapter Chapter 5|19 pages

Dealing with Feeling: Why Girl Number Twenty Still Doesn't Answer

BySue Turnbull

chapter Chapter 6|25 pages

Provocations for a Media Education in Small Letters

ByRobert Morgan

chapter Chapter 7|21 pages

Beyond Classroom Culture

ByChris Richards

chapter Chapter 8|24 pages

Tricks of the Trade: On Teaching Arts and ‘Race’ in the Classroom

ByPhil Cohen

chapter Chapter 9|21 pages

Teaching for Difference: Learning Theory and Post-critical Pedagogy

ByBill Green