ERIC Number: ED397889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May-28
Teaching Relationship Skills in Diversity.
Hammond, Ron J.
In-class activities that provide students with intercultural interactions and supplemental lectures that define critical concepts can facilitate the appreciation of diversity in the classroom. One such activity, useful for the beginning of courses, involves the creation of two separate culture codes, or set of instructions, for introducing oneself, and printing them on different colored paper. For example, one culture code instructs students to shake hands and stand close to the other person, while the other code instructs students to do the opposite. One half of the students receive one of the codes, the other half receives the other, and students are instructed to meet students having sheets of another color and interact according to the codes. The activity demonstrates the effect of cultural influences on communication. After the activity, a lecture is used to define the following concepts and further facilitate the understanding of different cultures: (1) culture, or the shared values, norms, symbols, language, objects, and way of life passed on from one generation to another; (2) ethnocentrism, or the tendency to view others from a judgmental perspective using your own way of life or world view as the standard for judgment; (3) cultural relativism, or sincere attempts to understand people and their behavior in the context of the cultures in which they occur; and (4) stereotype, or a broad generalization about groups based solely on the group affiliation. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence (Austin, TX, May 26-29, 1996).