ERIC Number: ED568380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 86
Designing an Elective Course on Gelotology
Haynes, Gene C.
Online Submission, Ed.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The purpose of this capstone project was to design a course description on gelotology, the study of laughter, at a XYZ Institute. The course provides a detailed analysis of the background of gelotology, how the course was designed and how to put the course into application at the capstone site. The course was designed using a sample curriculum as a template provided by XYZ Institute. Four theories were used to support the design of the course on gelotology, the Humor Processing Theory, Kurt Lewin's theory of unfreezing, changing, and refreezing, the relief theory and the tension release theory. The format of the course proposal used a syllabus as a template provided by XYZ Institute. The syllabus served as a model to propose an elective course to introduce the concepts of gelotology to medical students. The content learned can help students to reduce their stress by teaching them stress-coping mechanisms to use while in college. One can apply this information in the workplace by training medical professionals how to use laughter to improve their patients' health. The course description can be submitted to college administrators as a recommendation for a new elective course. The human side of caring for patients is often times lost. The course description on gelotology educates participants on using laughter approaches that can bring the human side of caring for patients back into the medical field. The principles learned throughout the course include the growing body of research conducted by Norman Cousins, Lee Berk, Patch Adams, and Madan Kataria. The intent was to submit the course description (GS200) introduction to gelotology to XYZ Institute. The proposal was to add an elective course as part of the curriculum for medical students.
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Elective Courses, Humor, Educational Theories, Learning Theories, Emotional Response, Medical Students, Stress Management, Coping, Medical Education, Course Descriptions, Caring, Patients, Physician Patient Relationship, College Freshmen, Teaching Methods, Physical Activities, Curriculum Development, Models, Taxonomy, Student Certification, Skill Development, Teacher Qualifications, Course Evaluation, Educational Benefits
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A