ERIC Number: ED248157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul-10
Reference Count: 0
Power Sharing and the Social Studies.
Lee, Helen C.
This description of a process used in a social studies methods course presents an experiential approach to helping students learn power sharing and decision-making skills. By leaving students alone with instructions to decide cooperatively on desired class changes, type of evaluation, and leadership, students gain experience in negotiation and decision making. The paper lists questions teachers might consider before beginning such an exercise, as well as questions for debriefing the experience. Questions are designed to stimulate inquiry and critical thinking concerning the nature of power itself, reactions to the exercise, useful conflict resolution techniques, and methods of consensus seeking. Questions are also provided to clarify confusion concerning the fluidity of power shifting in a freely functioning group. The paper concludes with a discussion of student reactions to the experience. (LH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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