ERIC Number: ED251123
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
The Law, Policy, and Politics of Formal Hypnosis in the Public Community College Classroom.
Sachs, Steven Mark
Information from printed sources, legal documents, and interviews with community college administrators formed the basis of an investigation of the legal, policy, and political implications of the use of formal hypnosis as an instructional augmentation in the community college classroom. Study findings included the following: (1) no formal policy exclusively tied to the use of hypnosis was found; (2) available informal policies implied general acceptance of the use of hypnosis as legitimate under specified conditions; (3) a discussion of the politics of applying hypnosis discriminated between hypnosis as a mere tool for instruction (with subject matter being the critical factor) and as a supportable or nonsupportable andragogical technique; (4) subjective reactions to the idea of using hypnosis in the classroom appeared to be modulated by the respondents' level of prior exposure to hypnosis, factual base, and political experiences with the ramifications of hypnosis; and (5) presented with a hypothetical situation of a student grievance following the use of hypnosis, all interviewees indicated that they would undertake a formal investigation of the student's allegations and the conditions under which the hypnosis took place. Based on study findings, recommendations were developed focusing on the locus and content of hypnotic instruction; professionalism and professional training; student knowledge and consent; and academic freedom. (Author/LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.