ERIC Number: ED367036
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
"I Felt Filled by the Experience, as if Writing the Narrative Gave Me a Piece of My Own Life": Appraisals of a Personal Narrative Assignment in a Family Communication Course.
Rosenfeld, Lawrence B.
A study described student evaluations of an assignment in a course in family communication that required writing and performing (in small groups) a personal family narrative. Of the 43 students sent questionnaires asking for their reactions to the assignment, 40 returned completed questionnaires. Content analysis of the responses to the assignment revealed that prior to writing their narratives, students had high expectations of learning, general positive and negative thoughts about the assignment, and several technical concerns. After writing the narrative and before sharing it, students considered their written work as a learning experience, although they expressed anxiety about sharing it aloud, and mentioned continued concern with technical difficulties. After sharing and listening to the narratives, students reported gaining insights into their own and others' families, witnessing the development of group cohesion, and having general positive reactions. Even with all the benefits of the assignment, teachers should be aware of potential negative outcomes and ethical problems associated with an assignment that some students may see as intrusive. (Contains 28 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Student Surveys
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami Beach, FL, November 18-21, 1993).