ERIC Number: ED387761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
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Demonstration of: "An Experiential Excercise in Cultural Diversity."
Ranieri, Anna M.
Participation in "Culture Day" was a requirement for students taking the course, "Career and Personal Counseling in Diverse Cultural Settings." Scheduled during a regular class session, students took on the persona of an individual of another culture, gender or other group. Students were expected to remain "in character" throughout the class session while they acted as counselor, client, and observer. The 13 students were surveyed about their experience 3 times: 1 month prior to Culture Day, at the conclusion of the Culture Day class session, and 1 month later. Student answers were anonymous, using a coding system that allowed instructors to note changes over time. Half of the student's responses became more positive, five students felt more capable of understanding and valuing people from the culture they portrayed, five felt no more capable, and three felt less capable. Most students did not feel they had more understanding of people from different cultures, and seven students felt Culture Day had the potential to teach students more about themselves. Included are a description of the Culture Day assignment, some examples of student culture day questionnaires, a summary of questionnaire results, and Tips for Counselors induced from the Culture Day experience. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting and Exhibit of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).