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Humanities in Class: Webinar Series

Hip-Hop and Youth Culture as Pedagogy

Students; Hip Hop; Cultural Identity; Teaching; Pedagogy

Jason Rawls (School of Music/African & African American Studies, The Ohio State University)

October 17, 2023

Advisor: Vincent Pham, NHC Teacher Advisory Council

Hip-hop and youth culture are a dominant influence among students. Often ignored by educators, they can be an untapped resource to build strong connections with students. Dr. Jason D. Rawls argues that understanding youth culture could be useful in building strong positive relationships and increasing student engagement. Rather than behavioral management, he demonstrates why relationships should be the focus to help build connections with students in order to keep them actively engaged and involved. The approach used to achieve this is Youth Culture Pedagogy (YCP).

Webinar Resources

Before the live webinar please be sure to review the required resources. The chapter of “Youth Culture Power” will give readers insight to understanding the talk. The TEDx Talk video will frame the culminating result of the upcoming seminar.


Education Studies / Students / Hip Hop / Cultural Identity / Teaching / Pedagogy /


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