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ERIC Number: ED450326
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 23
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Shelling Beans: The Use of Sociocultural Poetry To Assist Pre-Service Teachers and Counselors Develop Empathic Understanding of Cultural Differences.
Ingram, Michael Anthony
Poetry can serve as a vehicle for therapeutic self-reflection and exploration. Sociocultural poetry, writings that address the social, cultural, and racial experience of members of oppressed groups, can assist pre-service teachers and counselors explore emotions pertaining to convergence of race, gender, and ethnicity. Used in conjunction with the Counselor Empathy Model, this poetry helps develop the concept of sociocultural empathetic understanding. The goals of this approach are to: (1) explore the experiences of persons from marginalized groups as expressed through poetry; (2) understand use of poetic metaphor as a mediator between lived experiences; (3) grasp importance of acknowledging feelings behind another's experiences through counselor empathy and active listening; and (4) view poetry as being transformative in terms of motivation, social action, and diversity awareness. Assisting pre-service teachers and counselors in developing empathic understanding will help them see each person as unique and treat them in nonjudgmental ways. (Contains 40 references.) (Author/JDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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