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ERIC Number: EJ946156
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-1812-9129
Meaningful Learning through Video-Supported Forum-Theater
Hakkarainen, Paivi; Vapalahti, Kati
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, v23 n3 p314-328 2011
This paper presents the first cycle of a design-based study at Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences, Finland, during which a video-supported forum-theater approach was implemented and evaluated. Students enrolled in the Drama course in the Civic Activities and Youth Work degree program produced and recorded forum-theater performances about elderly people's use of alcohol, with the recordings used first as learning tools for themselves and later as video cases for social work students enrolled in the Substance Abuse course. The study sought to refine the design of these courses by analyzing the Drama course students' experiences of the video-supported forum-theater approach from the viewpoint of meaningful learning and then the Substance Abuse students' experiences of the video cases. The results indicate that, according to the Drama students, video-supported forum-theater facilitates both teaching and meaningful learning, enhancing the acquisition of domain-specific knowledge, methodological skills, and the ability to solve every day social problems. The Substance Abuse students perceived the video cases as useful for learning. According to students, the videos were authentic and represented working life well. The results suggest several practical refinements to both the Drama and the Substance Abuse course designs and to the teaching activities. (Contains 2 tables and 4 figures.)
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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: Finland