Abstract 6- Volume 3, Number 2, Summer 2008

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 3, Number 2, Summer 2008

 

 

Music and Messages from the Past: Tuning into History

Susie Burroughs
Dwight Hare
Mississippi State University

Abstract

For many students, studying history is a boring and irrelevant endeavor. Traditional, teacher-centered teaching strategies contribute to this unfortunate reality. While the lecture method and textbook readings can and should be used in the teaching of history, these methods should not be used to the exclusion of student-centered, engaging strategies. One strategy which has been theorized to motivate and instruct students is the use of popular music in the classroom. The following paper examines the use of popular music in the history classroom and the various ways in which its use can engage, motivate, and instruct students. It is suggested that the use of popular music can serve to capture students’ attention, create a positive classroom atmosphere, introduce and illustrate a time and place, generate interest in history, and enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of history, specifically that of the Vietnam War and the era surrounding it.

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About the Author(s)…

Susie Burroughs is an associate professor of Education at Mississippi State University. She teaches secondary education and foundations courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her current research interests include social studies education, civic education, pre-service teacher education, and teacher professional development. Contact information is Mississippi State University, College of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Box 9705, Mississippi State, MS 39762; voice: (662)325-7124; fax: (662) 325-7857; email: susie.burroughs@msstate.edu.

Dwight Hare is a professor of Education at Mississippi State University. He teaches foundations courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His current research interests include new teacher perspectives and challenges. Contact information is Mississippi State University, College of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Box 9705, Mississippi State, MS 39762; voice: (662) 325-7110; fax: (662) 325-7857; email: rdh1@ra.msstate.edu