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With present-day classrooms becoming increasingly diverse, educational institutions, teachers and university administrators are looking to teaching and learning strategies that provide for a variety of learning profiles and styles. Many educators start their class with a ‘big bang’- an interesting ice breaker- to raise excitement in their students, but due to the use of the lecture method, the interest in class soon regresses, and the attention of the learner begins to wane. This has the negative impact of affecting what is learned and the extent of knowledge gained as a result of the teaching-learning process. Consequently, learntertainment, a new teaching approach is being presented as an alternative to the lecture method. The purpose of this paper is identifying what the benefits of Learntertainment teaching strategies are and to explore students’ perception of Learntertainment. A qualitative approach is considered to be appropriate for this paper and will be based on Strauss and Corbin (1998) grounded theory modified slightly to incorporate constructivist grounded theory espoused by Charmaz (2000).

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The Leisure Of Learning: Students’ Perceptions Of Learntertainment’ As An Instructional Method

With present-day classrooms becoming increasingly diverse, educational institutions, teachers and university administrators are looking to teaching and learning strategies that provide for a variety of learning profiles and styles. Many educators start their class with a ‘big bang’- an interesting ice breaker- to raise excitement in their students, but due to the use of the lecture method, the interest in class soon regresses, and the attention of the learner begins to wane. This has the negative impact of affecting what is learned and the extent of knowledge gained as a result of the teaching-learning process. Consequently, learntertainment, a new teaching approach is being presented as an alternative to the lecture method. The purpose of this paper is identifying what the benefits of Learntertainment teaching strategies are and to explore students’ perception of Learntertainment. A qualitative approach is considered to be appropriate for this paper and will be based on Strauss and Corbin (1998) grounded theory modified slightly to incorporate constructivist grounded theory espoused by Charmaz (2000).