ERIC Number: ED222929
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Methodologies of Teaching Communication Ethics.
Often the way one communicates ethical choices is conditioned by the dynamics of the communication process more than by a well-developed "ethical system." Sociodrama is an excellent method of teaching both ethics and communication skills. The technique can be used for playing out any real-life situation, but unlike much actual life experience, it allows one to learn from mistakes and eliminates the anxiety that often causes repeated mistakes in real life. Students can develop case studies of scenarios and then turn them into scripted sociodramas to be performed in class. A sociodrama script should have background and context, narrative and plot, a point of entry where the free action begins, and a situation that forces an ethical decision. The scenarios should not include speculations about motives or any suggestions that might explain the behavior of the people in terms of choices that were predetermined. The student/director of a scenario provides (1) initiative, (2) encouragement, (3) guidance, (4) instructions for role reversal, (5) time intervention, (6) instructions for use of alter-egos or consciences for characters, (7) addition or removal of characters, (8) termination, and (9) follow-up discussion. An unstructured or impromptu scenario may require a more structured script as a warm-up exercise. (Various scenario scripts are included.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (68th, Louisville, KY, November 4-7, 1982).