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ERIC Number: ED041910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 24
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Sensitivity Training and the Teaching of Humanities.
Lorch, Thomas M.
Using methods derived from sensitivity training, teachers can help students to "feel involved" with works of art and make works "come alive for them." Current humanities instruction is said to be impersonal, overly intellectual, poorly taught, and irrelevant. Sensitivity training emphasizes the individual and his capacities for self-awareness; it attempts to rehabilitate the emotions as a way of knowing; and it emphasizes the individual's participation in a small group. As the student becomes aware of his own feelings, he becomes more sensitive to what he reads. In addition, through such training the teacher can become more sensitive to the atmosphere of the class and to the learning that takes place. Sensitivity techniques which are valuable in the classroom are (1) acting out the reading, (2) placing oneself in the position of someone else, (3) fantasy trips, (4) trials, (5) contemporizing to connect the work read with the present, and (6) drawing. When such techniques are used, students make discoveries about themselves through involvement with the questions raised in the readings examined. (LH)
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