ERIC Number: ED163552
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Puppets as an Intercultural Communication Tool.
Oaks, Harold R.
In teaching basic health concepts in developing countries, puppets can be an inexpensive and interesting way to hold people's attention and to give them logical reasons for changing their behavior. Puppets are small, easy to transport and to operate, fun to see, have little cultural identification, can talk about embarrassing things, and can encourage people to think and talk by asking questions or by helping them see themselves more clearly. The Welfare Services Division of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has developed a handbook for making puppets and has written scripts dealing with health concepts for use in Samoa, Fiji, and Tonga. The agency has also offered workshops for teachers on those islands in the making and use of puppets and has assisted them in developing scripts about local health problems. Workshop participants have used puppets throughout the region to teach some difficult health subjects in an interesting way. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Intercultural Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Theatre Association (Chicago, Illinois, August 14-17, 1977)