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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author McKeithen, B Cord
URN etd-04292010-141731
Title Play It Loud: Hip hop in the Language Arts Classroom
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Educational Theory, Policy, & Practice
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Bach, Jacqueline Committee Chair
Bickmore, Steven Committee Member
Wandersee, James Committee Member
Weinstein, Susan Committee Member
  • hip hop
Date of Defense 2010-04-21
Availability unrestricted
Hip-hop music and its place in education has been thoroughly researched over the last two decades by many scholars and educators from all over the world. This research paper discusses hip-hopís merit in the classroom, building upon prior research from books and journal articles, along with my own research that I conducted with students at a southern Louisiana high school. Educators in the field of language arts must find new methods when it comes to teaching our youth and leave behind many of the traditional ways that previous generations were accustomed to. The idea of hip-hop in education, in this paper, is that it is a genre of not only music, but also history and it is able to teach, promote discussion, and make connections to studentsí lives in a realistic way. Hip-hop can also parallel classic literature and can serve as a model for discussing current and historic events. This research was conducted over a 4 month span, but in all actuality, the process of reviewing the literature to concluding results takes place over a yearís time. Hip-hop can be a discourse that teaches youth through not only lyrics, but also from a historic and pop cultural perspective. The intentions of this paper are to make its readers aware of the power of hip-hop and its ability to engage our youth and keep them interested school and promote encouragement and enlightenment.
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