Action Research on College Students’ Learning Satisfaction of Incorporating Art Therapy and Spirituality into A Career Planning Course

  •  Huiling Peng    
  •  Shyue-Ying Chiang    


The investigation of college students’ learning satisfaction for a new teaching model: Example of incorporating art therapy and spirituality into a career planning course. The subjects of this action research were 47 freshmen enrolled in the “Career Planning-Soft Power of Employability” course (10 males and 37 females). Two types of Likert scale questionnaire surveys were conducted before the end of the first semester. The Learning Satisfaction Questionnaire survey showed that the students’ response to the course was positive. Regarding the precursor activity designed for incorporating art therapy into the career planning course, the students’ average learning satisfaction was 4.45 with a standard deviation of 0.82, whereas their average learning satisfaction of overall curriculum planning was 4.34 with a standard deviation of 0.78. The results of open feedback forms showed that the incorporation of art therapy into the relevant activities of this course helped enhance the students’ concentration and interest in learning. In addition, the course was designed to enhance the effectiveness of teaching assessment. The results of the Teaching Assessment Questionnaire showed that the students’ average satisfaction of teaching in this course was 4.44 with a standard deviation of 0.78. Finally, this action research not only proposed specific suggestions for incorporating art therapy and spirituality into career planning course design and teaching method but also pointed out the direction for future action research on the incorporation of expressive art therapy into the relevant course activities of general education.

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