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ERIC Number: ED405030
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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The Road to Understanding the Self Is Paved with Yellow Bricks.
Adams, Jeffrey B.; Eppolito, Caterina
To maintain student interest and increase student understanding of material in a course on the social psychological study of the self, a classroom exercise was developed that uses the film, "The Wizard of Oz," as a metaphor for the self. In the exercise, students are asked to observe the film's main character and the events that take place in her life with the goal of using their observations as illustrations of concepts of the self covered in the course, such as motive, self-knowledge, individual differences, and self-related processes. After viewing the film, students are encouraged to analyze the film individually and are then assigned to small groups or brought together as a whole for discussion. The only parameter established for student responses is that each claim made must be accompanied by a justification well founded in the constructs of self covered in the course. While entertaining and engaging, the exercise also serves to review the major theories and concepts covered in the course, move students beyond surface recognition of these concepts toward a deeper understanding of their complexities, and work toward an initial awareness of the interplay between the concepts. Course handouts, providing a list of concepts covered in the course and questions to help guide discussions on the film, are appended. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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