ERIC Number: ED184151
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Foundations of the Self Awareness and Interpersonal Communication Workshop.
Keltner, John W.
A review of the history and development of experiential learning in its educational and therapeutic contexts emphasizes the value of self-awareness as a prerequisite to interpersonal and group development. It also serves to underscore the potential of the Self Awareness and Interpersonal Communication (SAIC) program in an American society with millions of people turning to human potential activities and the experiential learning process. SAIC seeks to provide a learning context where the self, others, and the interactions between the self and others can be examined as factors contributing to personal involvement in society. The general design of the SAIC approach is not unique; but the particular aspects of the design are altered by the people involved each time the program is offered. The design has consistently included the following elements: a small group participation designed to assist with developing greater self-awareness and consciousness of others; cognitive input sessions composed of structured experiences that promote understanding of the nature of self-awareness, group processes, and problems; keeping a journal for later examination of the experiences on a cognitive, analytical level; and post-conference analysis of experiences to note changes in awareness, communication skills, and the ability to use feedback and self-disclosure. (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (65th, San Antonio, TX, November 10-13, 1979).