Dr. Rob Glover (UConn POLS PhD) and Daniel Tagliarina, a POLS PhD student, co-edited a book, Teaching Politics Beyond the Book, about using various types of media to teach political issues. The book is with Continuum Press (now a part of Bloomsbury) and is out this month. From the publisher:
“To teach political issues such as political struggle, justice, interstate conflict, etc. educators rely mostly on textbooks and lectures. However, many other forms of narrative exist that can elevate our understanding of such issues. This innovative work seeks new ways to foster learning beyond the textbook and lecture model, by using creative and new media, including graphic novels, animated films, hip-hop music, Twitter, and more.
“Discussing the opportunities these media offer to teach and engage students about politics, the work presents concrete ways on how to use them, along with teaching and assessment strategies, all tested in the classroom. The contributors are dedicated educators from various types of institutions whose essays span a variety of political topics and examine how non-traditional “texts” can promote critical thinking and intellectual growth among students in colleges and universities.
“The first of its kind to discuss a wide range of alternative texts and media, the book will be a valuable resource to anyone seeking to develop innovative curricula and engage their students in the study of politics.”