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Journal of Educational Research and Review

Research Article | Published September 2017 | Volume 5, Issue 5, pp. 79-89

Pictotherapy: Training high school teachers in quake-stricken areas to rethink communication skills

 

 

 

Abolfazl Shirban Sasi

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Department of Applied Foreign Languages, College of Hospitality and Tourism, TransWorld University, Taiwan.

 

 

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Citation: Sasi AS (2017). Pictotherapy: Training high school teachers in quake-stricken areas to rethink communication skills. J. Edu. Res. Rev. 5(5): 71-78.
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 Abstract 

 

This paper reports an experience to help alleviate negative feelings of the teachers and students after the catastrophic earthquake in Bam City, Kerman province of southeastern Iran. In cooperation with UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, the author designed a 3-day workshop in the area during which the author and his team introduced and illustrated basics of Pictologics (a language teaching method developed by the author) in order to train the teachers to adapt the techniques in this method when teaching their own subjects. 38 high school teachers selected by the local headquarter of the Ministry of Education of Iran were present in this study as representatives of approximately 500 teachers of the area. In order to assess the effectiveness of the method, a 10-item questionnaire was developed and administered prior and after the workshop to examine the teachers’ feedback towards the imaginative usage of pictures in facilitating teacher-student/student-student communication and interaction. A Wilcoxon test was run for each item of the questionnaire, and also for the overall feedback of the teachers (N = 38; p ≤ .05). The data revealed a significant increase in the teachers’ opinion about the usage of pictures and imagination in the classes that suffered post-traumatic stress. Deliberated in light of Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, the findings of this research may assist education advocates and practitioners, as well as authorities in planning prompt and low-cost remedies in emergencies.

 

Keywords   Communication   imagination   multiple intelligences   pictologics   pictotherapy    pictures 

 



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