Coulrophobia “Clown Phobia” Informal Learning Experience Shalunda Lester
University Of Phoenix
Coulrophobia “Clown Phobia” Informal Learning Experience
Coulrophobia also know as clown phobia is very common in children. The University of Sheffield conducted a study in 2008 and concluded that a lot children did not like clown decorations in physicians' office settings or hospitals. The researchers questioned more than 250 kids ages between four to 16 on what they thought about the idea of using pictures of clowns to decorate a hospital children's ward. Dr Penny Curtis, a researcher, stated "we found that clowns are universally disliked by children. Most found the clown pictures frightening and unknowable. Why are children all around the world collectively afraid of clowns? One theory is that the fear is based in a negative personal experience with clowns at a very young age. I believe this theory has to do with constructivism learning theory. Constructivism is a theory that explains how knowledge is constructed in a person, constructivism states that learning is an active. When information comes into contact with existing knowledge that had been developed by experiences, the person learning is an information constructor. Most people actively construct and create their own subjective representations of reality rather than acquiring it. The critical action of creating meaning is mental; learning consists both of constructing systems of meaning and constructing meaning. Hands-on experience and physical actions are necessary for learning, particularly for small children.
The fear of clowns can be quite a dramatic and overpowering fear in adults also; the fact that up to one in every seven people has it to some degree is often overlooked. Symptoms of coulrophobia are fast heartbeat, sweating, feelings of dread, nausea, screaming, crying and anger at being placed where a clown is present. Most phobias start in childhood, but in a few, the fear persists well...
References: Visualizing Psychology, Second Edition
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