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ERIC Number: EJ837164
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1960
Using Students' Journals about Death Experiences as a Pedagological Tool
Doll, Kevin; Kereakoglow, Sandra; Sarma, Arti Radhika; Hare, Jan
Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, v29 n2 p124-138 Jul 2008
The purpose of this article is to evaluate a pedagological tool for student's study of death and bereavement. Previous research suggests that students may be more willing to discuss issues associated with death through written correspondence rather than through oral communication. However, despite these efforts there are still students who experience great difficulty in expressing themselves fully in class--by no fault of the teacher--but merely due to the student's own disposition. Based on the data, it appears as if journal writing may offer a way around this difficulty. Data were collected from two sites: a private college in New England and a Midwestern state university. Common themes that students stated effected their experiences with death included reactions of significant others to the death in question, the funeral services provided, and the familial events postfuneral. The limitations and benefits of using journaling as a pedagological tool for a bereavement course are discussed. Using projects such as this one may help students to accurately display their learning to the professor while still bringing in their own perceptions of death.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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