ERIC Number: ED465975
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Issues Surrounding the Self: Using the Films "Defending Your Life" and "Chameleon Street" in the Interpersonal Class.
Hayward, Pamela A.
The use of film to supplement course material can be an excellent way to stimulate critical thinking. Film can be a particularly useful tool in the interpersonal communication course since students are able to observe both the verbal and nonverbal behaviors of the characters. However, discussion prior to and following the film is important, so that material can be highlighted. Another useful technique is the inclusion of a worksheet students can fill out while watching the film clips. Two films that work well to highlight interpersonal concepts surrounding the self are Albert Brooks'"Defending Your Life" and "Chameleon Street," an independent film by Wendell B. Harris, Jr. A key concept to incorporate into the "Defending Your Life" assignment is "self concept." In the film, Brooks's character, Daniel, crashes his car and finds himself on trial in Judgment City and asked to defend his life. One of the avenues of focus in the film and on the worksheet is whether Daniel's self concept had been altered in any way during the course of the story. "Chameleon Street" is the true story of a Detroit native who, with only a high school education, spent 14 years posing as everything from a Detroit Tigers rookie to a "Time" reporter, surgeon, attorney, and foreign exchange student. The "Chameleon Street" activity begins with a class discussion/review of concepts such as public/private self, residual self, self-handicapping strategies, and communicator style. (Contains activity sheets for both films.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association (Chicago, IL, April 2-5, 1998).