Hip-hop based education

Hip-hop based education focuses on the use of hip-hop as a musical genre, culture and art movement, both inside and outside a traditional school setting. It uses elements such as rap music texts, videos, graffiti and breakdancing in curricula and in teaching and learning to provide a culturally appropriate approach that can empower marginalised groups of learners. Educators, scholars and students involved in hip-hop education challenge traditional educational systems and structures and attach particular value to the power of youth voice, culture and agency. Hip-hop based education requires critical reflection to ensure that both teachers and students maintain an authentic learning experience and a critical perspective. As well as incorporating elements of hip-hop into teaching and learning, it is important that teachers involve students in critically examining negative aspects of hip-hop that may reinforce or encourage sexism or violence. Hip-hop based education has been shown to bring benefits that include student engagement, motivation and social and emotional learning; increased literacy development and critical thinking; and improvement in teacher and student relationships. It is studied within disciplines such as English, sociology, linguistics, dance, anthropology and music. It has practical applications from early years learning through to higher education levels of study.

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