ERIC Number: ED069957
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
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A Handbook for University-Community Discussion of Urban Problems. A Model for Urban Study Programs Involving College Students and Community Adults.
Coplin, William, Comp.; Cohen, Larry, Comp.
Techniques employed in a "Joint University-Community Urban Problem-Solving Course" in promoting discussion among two diverse sets of population are described in this handbook. The course, offered during the Fall 1971 and Spring 1972 semesters at Syracuse University, comprised approximately 30 undergraduates from the university and 30 members of the Greater Syracuse community. The program was conducted with a two-hour meeting once a week, each meeting being devoted to one of the public policy issues of the program: education, housing, unemployment, and police-community relations. One or more role-playing exercises or structured simulation exercises were conducted for each issue. In each class session, the staff explained the game, and asked class members to take certain roles. Following each exercise, a full-group discussion was conducted on the issues presented, pro and con arguments, the quality of role playing, problems presented, and how close the exercises were to the actual situations. In some instances, the role playing was video-taped and played back to the class for critique and analysis. This follow-up was considered important in determining what participants learned during the game sessions. During the sessions on each topic, some time was usually devoted to a presentation by a local authority on the topic. Class presentations were made before community groups on nine occasions. Appendixes present two examples of exercises employed in the program. Samples of the communications form, war form, and petition form are provided. (DB)
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Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Continuing Education Center for the Public Service.
Identifiers - Location: New York; New York (Syracuse)