ERIC Number: ED343175
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-1
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Group Communication with Feature Films.
Proctor, Russell F., II
While a number of feature films can be used in group-process instruction, "Twelve Angry Men" and "The Breakfast Club" are particularly valuable for analyzing group communication patterns and strategies. "Twelve Angry Men" demonstrates that persuasion in groups can take place through a variety of methods. Exercises based on the film can raise issues such as: critical thinking (by both the jury and the students); ethics in persuasion; tasks and maintenance roles in group process; bases of power; defensive communication; and principles of argumentation and debate. "The Breakfast Club" provides the group cohesion that results from the characters' self-disclosure and provides the climate for the characters to adopt new roles. Essay questions can address questions raised by the film. By assigning more than one movie, or by showing several segments, instructors can use feature films to expose their students to a variety of groups in action. (One table listing 15 feature films suitable for instruction in group communication is included; 18 references and handouts describing classroom exercises for "Twelve Angry Men" are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Breakfast Club (The); Communication Strategies; Twelve Angry Men
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (77th, Atlanta, GA, October 31-November 3, 1991).