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ERIC Number: ED065773
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Pages: 21
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T and Sensitivity: A Critique of Lab Education.
Rivera, William M.
Laboratory education is discussed from three viewpoints: (1) as an instrument for adult resocialization, (2) as an educational challenge which promotes personal but not social reconstruction, and (3) as a value medium which operates against the intellectual and independence modes. Criticism is focused on what the laboratory education technique does not do and for what it overlooks rather than its power. In a section on a typology of forces for adult resocialization, four forces which may serve as catalytic agents for adult crisis are discussed. These forces are: cultural transition, critical social interaction, personal crux, and/or educational challenge. Alternative adult responses to situational change include readaptation and social reintegration, alienation and social isolation, or major adult development or change. Sensitivity training teaches task-oriented conformity, with little consideration given to the importance of educating people to stand up for their principles or beliefs. Intellect and independence are not encouraged in sensitivity training. Consequently, sensitivity training should review its own purposes and direction in a society aimed toward control, manipulation, ideological confusion, and what has been termed "eternal verities." (JS)
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Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ. Research Corp., NY. Educational Policy Research Center.
Note: Discussion draft