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ERIC Number: ED448489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Pages: 10
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Altar-ing Family Communication: The Shrine/Altar Project in the Family Communication Course.
Crabtree, Robbin D.
This paper describes an assignment originally designed for a course in family communication now being taught at the upper undergraduate level at a state university in the southwestern United States. The shrine, the project/assignment described in the paper, combines locally relevant cultural traditions which are broadly applicable with course concepts such as defining families; family stories and meaning making; family themes; rituals and traditions; family rules and roles, and so forth. While the text used is Turner and West's (1998) "Perspectives on Family Communication," the paper's assignment could be adapted to courses using a variety of other texts. In the course an (inter)cultural approach is taken, relevant to both the instructor's academic preparation and the multicultural teaching environment. The paper argues for the use of creative projects in communication courses and follows with a brief discussion of shrines/altars as creative and family traditions. It then discusses the assignment, giving three examples that illustrate both the academic and personal value of the assignment for students. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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