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Gratitude: Does it have a place within media-practice education?

Cownie, F., 2016. Gratitude: Does it have a place within media-practice education? Journal of Media Practice, 17 (2-3), 168-185.

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DOI: 10.1080/14682753.2016.1248192


Gratitude may be an important yet largely untapped aspect of media-practice education. This research uses an exploratory approach with media-practice academics and students in order to examine the evidence and nature of gratitude within media-practice education. Given the exploratory nature of the study, interim findings are reported. The research finds media-practice students to be open to gratitude having a place within their educational experiences, indeed students exclusively speak about situations in which they feel grateful, as positive aspects of their student experience. However academics see gratitude in a more varied way. For some, gratitude and its cyclical nature resonate; for others, gratitude is inappropriate and loaded with notions of power. These different perspectives may be partially explained by the different ways in which students and academics perceive gratitude. Whereas initial student voices suggest that gratitude is a positive emotion associated with a desire to reciprocate, academics’ interpretation seems to emphasise obligation. This mismatch may inhibit the current impact of gratitude within the media-practice learning context. The research suggests that gratitude may be a defining aspect of a functional, productive student experience which those working within media-practice education might usefully aim to generate.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:gratitude; student-experience; media-practice; higher education; relationship
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:24849
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:17 Oct 2016 13:35
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:59


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