Teaching About Psychological Disorders: A Case for Using Discussion Boards in the Classroom

Mercedes Sheen, Maryam A. AlJassmi, Timothy R. Jordan

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-77
Number of pages4
JournalTeaching of Psychology
Volume44
Issue number1
Early online date23 Nov 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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