“The Pedagogy of the Food Network.” The Food Network Recipe. Ed. Emily L. Newman and
Emily Witsell. McFarland, 2021.
Dr. Gb's chapter in The Food Network Recipe explores the relationship between education and the television channel the Food Network. She examines how teaching methods used by the Food Network can be applied in classroom settings. She explores and analyzes connections between edutainment and gamification activities in comparison with the network's reality-based programming.
In her chapter's conclusion, Dr. Gb writes, "Similar to traditional cooking television, which prioritizes access to recipes, cooking directions, and real-life application, education should be considerate of knowledge acquisition, the ability to locate knowledge, and the capability of performing specific skills. Furthermore, cooking programming’s shift to techniques, creativity, and learning how to transfer knowledge reinforces critical and creative thinking aims of today’s classrooms. Food programs balance education and entertainment; classrooms need to strike a like methodology to enhance significant learning and meaningful skill acquisition."
Additionally, she emphasizes that the Food Network "prioritizes knowledge, experience, and creativity within its competitions. Envisioning how these pieces fit into classrooms fosters a strongly preparatory educational model, particularly as these components will be heavily considered in colleges and the workforce." Dr. Gb suggests that assignments modeling real-life settings, rather than pure academia might have a valuable place in the classroom. Forming a connection between an expert and a novice is another lesson classrooms can take from Food Network programming.
"Asylum Taboos & Transgressions in US History." Telling an American Horror Story: Essays on
History, Place and Identity in the Series. Eds. Cameron Williams Crawford and Leverett
Butts, McFarland, 2021.
In Dr. Gb's contribution to this essay collection, she argues for the value of critical consumption of popular entertainment. For the book, she examines the television series American Horror Story and its well-informed exploration of history, pop culture, and the American experience. If watching the show rated for audiences 18 years or older closely, Dr. Gb asserts, viewers of this often controversial and horrifying show can observe complex critiques and discussions that question the past and present state of US affairs and politics.
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