Faculty Publications

Title

Teaching primary grade students perfectionism through cartoons compared to bibliotherapy

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Bibliotherapy, Cartoons, Elementary students, Perfectionism

Journal/Book/Conference Title

International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education

Volume

5

Issue

2

First Page

199

Last Page

218

Abstract

This experimental study compared concept acquisition and enjoyment of learning about perfectionism under two conditions: bibliotherapy (control) and analysis and construction of cartoons (experimental) in first, second and third grade students (N=46). Posttest results showed students learned significantly more content in the experimental condition with a medium effect size. Students were more engaged in the cartoon condition, appreciating the humor and opportunity to be creative. Most students reported liking the bibliotherapy but some complained of boredom. The authors recommend that both bibliotherapy and cartoon analysis be used in lessons about perfectionism to maintain student interest and comprehension of concepts. © IEJEE.

Original Publication Date

3-1-2013

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