ERIC Number: ED182796
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Sex Roles and Communication: Instructional Strategies.
Foss, Sonja K.
Sources specifically designed for use in teaching a course on sex roles and communication have been compiled to provide suggested materials, class exercises, and assignments for units on awareness, assessment, and action. The awareness exercises are designed to give students insights into the ways in which sex-role identity affects self-concepts, expectations, attitudes, and behaviors. The unit on assessment contains exercises in which students explore the vehicles of sex-role stereotyping in society, such as language, nonverbal communication, and the media, and how these vehicles influence individual expectations and behaviors. In the action unit, students examine the effects of sex-role stereotyping in their own lives, noting discrepancies between how things are and how things might be. The students also are asked to develop plans of action for making changes in their own behaviors. Although the action unit that is offered focuses on making changes in behaviors that occur in relationships with the opposite sex, the unit also may focus on developing communication skills that may not have developed in either men or women becuase of sex-role stereotyping--skills such as assertiveness, the expression of emotions, and self-disclosure. (RL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Portland, OR, February 16-20, 1980)