Dreaming in the Classroom: Practices, Methods, and Resources by Philip King, Bernard Welt, Kelly Bulkeley

By Philip King, Bernard Welt, Kelly Bulkeley

The basic advisor on how you can educate approximately dreaming.

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For example, brief forays into dreams in history, anthropology, art, literature, or film can be a valuable part of a psychology course. The current or 22 Dreaming in the Classroom aspiring dreams course instructor will want to consider elements from a number of disciplines to suit the goals of the particular course. Course activities include work in class and outside. In class, lectures, discussions, small-group project work, and dream-sharing groups are primary activities. The instructor can lecture and can bring in guest lecturers.

28 Dreaming in the Classroom Most students find the quasi-therapeutic quality of well-taught dreams courses to be beneficial. A few, however, may find working with their own dreams, and sharing them, to be disruptive. The course material will challenge defense mechanisms. The challenge is embodied in the subject matter, and is thus implicit, even if not intended by the instructor. If a student’s coping strategy is to rely on and indeed to shore up defenses, then the course experience may be problematic.

In the humanities, a background in literature, cultural studies, and essay writing may be the most needed (although as we argue in Chapters 2 and 6, dream studies is an excellent topic for the teaching of writing and for introducing fundamental questions in the humanities). Self-knowledge, intellectual curiosity, and the ability and willingness to examine one’s experience and connect it to theory are important in courses that involve the students’ own dreams. Besides deepening self-understanding, some students find that studying dreams sparks interest in research, writing, and other applications, such as artistic creativity, in their fields of study.

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