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ERIC Number: EJ1162141
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov-8
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0889
Disney in the Academy (and Other Disney Educational Experiences on College Campuses)
Tremblay, Christopher
College and University, v92 n4 p49-60 Nov 2017
The study of Disney is not new to higher education. For decades, Walt Disney has been studied in history courses. The Disney version of customer service excellence has been touted as a best practice in business courses, and film/media courses have analyzed Disney's animated classics (Duncan 2012, Wantasen n.d.). In U.S. higher education, there has been an emerging practice of creating single college courses focused on a Disney theme. This article presents a recent environmental scan of some courses on a variety of U.S. college campuses (and beyond) and discusses other elements related to the presence of Disney in college communities. During this research process, more than 75 Disney-themed courses were found to be taught at more than 70 colleges and universities in 31 states as well as in Italy, Germany, and online. The predominant themes of the courses are gender, film, fairy tales, race, leadership/management, culture, Disney theme parks immersion, and Walt Disney. This article highlights twelve of the most unique of the 76 courses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana; Iowa; California (Riverside); Michigan; North Carolina; Mississippi; Oregon; California; California (Los Angeles); Vermont; Illinois
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