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ERIC Number: ED101387
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 18
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Scenario Role-Playing as a Means to Inter-Ethnic Communication.
Nielsen, Keith E.
A course was designed to examine the use of role playing as an inter-ethnic communication technique to isolate community and institutionally based ethnic problems unique to a particular situation. Three groups were formed, each group generally composed of 30% Anglo, 30% Black, and 30% Chicano. The educational backgrounds of the individuals in the groups ranged from high school freshman to masters degree level. The ages ranged from 14 years to 52 years, and there was generally an equal number of women and men. Isolation of the ethnic communications problems unique to each class was obtained by use of open-ended discussions. The groups then chose one of the problems and fit it into a role playing scenario context using five criteria: (1) identify the nature of the problem; (2) identify the basic symbolic processes operating within the problem; (3) arrange the problem and its symbolic functions into a scenario; (4) create roles which could be enacted; and (5) use an ethnic aide in creating communication strategies. The resultant data indicate that role playing is effective in creating more understanding of the feelings and needs of the ethnic peoples involved in inter-ethnic communication problems. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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