ERIC Number: EJ1122582
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Teaching about Psychological Disorders: A Case for Using Discussion Boards in the Classroom
Sheen, Mercedes; AlJassmi, Maryam A.; Jordan, Timothy R.
Teaching of Psychology, v44 n1 p74-77 Jan 2017
This study compares the traditional use of case studies against the novel use of discussion boards to teach naive students in the United Arab Emirates about anxiety disorders. Sixty-six female students from an abnormal psychology class were randomly assigned to either the case study condition (CSC) or the discussion board condition (DBC). Students read about anxiety disorders and at the end of the class rated their experience based on four learning outcomes. In each instance, students in the DBC rated their learning outcomes significantly higher than students in the CSC. This suggests that incorporating discussion boards as a pedagogical tool can add a new dimension for engaging student interest, fostering knowledge development, and increasing empathy.
Descriptors: Emotional Disturbances, Comparative Analysis, Case Studies, Foreign Countries, Females, Anxiety, Anxiety Disorders, Computer Mediated Communication, Group Discussion, Psychopathology, Outcomes of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: United Arab Emirates