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ERIC Number: EJ1087088
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1932-7528
Theme-Based Courses Foster Student Learning and Promote Comfort with Learning New Material
Tessier, Lisa; Tessier, Jack
Journal for Learning through the Arts, v11 n1 2015
In this article, we review the literature about theme-based teaching, then report quantitative and qualitative results from surveys from three different courses: one section of a 100-level in-person art course; five sections of 300-level on-line art courses; and one section of a 100-level in-person biology course at SUNY Delhi with applied themes ("food," "healthcare," and "beer" respectively) in teaching and learning. Our results indicate that embedding themes across an entire course can be a successful way to improve student perceptions of their learning and comfort with learning about new subjects. These data expand current gaps in the literature with respect to the measured benefits for students of adopting themes in college teaching and learning. They will be useful to teachers considering the use of themes in their courses and to anyone looking for a way to help students relate to the disciplines in their courses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
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