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Stories of Boy Scouts, Barbie Dolls, and Prom Dresses: Challenging College Students to Explore the Popular Culture of Their Childhood


by Amy M. Damico & Sara E. Quay ó 2006

This self-reflective article addresses the experiences two professors encountered when teaching a class about the popular culture of girls and boys to undergraduates at a small liberal arts college. The issues addressed include student reactions, teaching strategies, and the use of an online discussion platform and assessment. The instructors note that adjusting their teaching styles contributed to the eventual success of the course.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 4, 2006, p. 604-620
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12363, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 1:08:18 AM

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  • Amy Damico
    Endicott College
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    AMY M. DAMICO is an associate professor in the Communication Department at Endicott College. Her interests include media literacy and childrenís media. Her most recent article about the results of a media literacy curriculum with fourth-grade girls appears in the Journal of Research in Childhood Education.
  • Sara Quay
    Endicott College
    SARA E. QUAY is dean of Education and Liberal Studies at Endicott College. She has published books, articles, and editorials on education, academic administration, and literary and cultural studies. Dedicated to the advancement of student learning at all levels, she has presented nationally on topics ranging from media literacy and pedagogy to faculty development and administrative leadership.
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