ERIC Number: ED362932
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-18
Reference Count: N/A
"Privileges": A Student Activity Designed To Increase Interpersonal Communication Competence Regarding Gay and Lesbian Concerns.
Aitken, Joan E.
Teachers who lead classroom discussions of gay and lesbian issues are forced to confront their deepest feelings about sexuality and prejudice, a confrontation that many find uncomfortable for a number of reasons. They not only face the possibility that the discussion will turn negative but they also fear they will lose control of the situation. A student activity called "Privileges," which asks students to consider how specific loss of privilege would affect their lives, provides relief for this stressful situation and has proved to be effective in: (1) increasing student sensitivity to gay and lesbian concerns; (2) in helping make students aware of the numbers of people involved in these issues; and (3) in encouraging students to evaluate their own ethnocentric attitudes. In the activity, each person receives a different card designed to represent prejudice, but is unaware of the source of the prejudice until receiving a second card to tell him or her whether he or she is gay or straight. (NH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Strategies; Controversial Topics; Cultural Sensitivity
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami, FL, November 18-21, 1993).