ERIC Number: ED222952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Speech Communication, Sensitivity Training, Experiential Learning, or "Touchy-Feely" Revisited.
Keltner, John W.
Drawing on the author's long personal involvement in several interpersonal communication movements, this paper defines and defends sensitivity training and experiential learning. After examining some philosophical and ethical themes and theories of education, the paper recounts some difficulties of fitting alternative modes of education into the traditional academic environment. It then points out the common criticisms of the "group movement" and evaluates the accuracy and fairness of such critiques. The results of current research on the leader-trainer, groups and group participants, instrumented training, and the effects of experimental groups are then surveyed. The paper also describes the controversy over the role of self-disclosure, discusses the importance of the workshop, and reiterates the importance of a holistic approach to life. (JL)
Publication Type: 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 (68th, Louisville, KY, November 4-7, 1982).