ERIC Number: EJ1052352
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Interrogating Meanings of Work in Children's Literature
Wieland, Stacey M. B.; Bauer, Janell C.
Communication Teacher, v29 n2 p76-80 2015
In this article, Wieland and Bauer discuss a teaching activity that helps students understand how meanings of work (MOW) are socially constructed through commonplace texts: children's books. The activity helps students consider how children's books shape future workers' understandings of what work is, what kinds of work are most valued, who gets to do particular kinds of work, and what it means to be a good worker. When used in the first few weeks of organizational communication courses, this activity addresses three common challenges of teaching organizational communication: (1) helping students grasp the social constructionist view of communication underlying much organizational communication research; (2) broadening students' understanding of organizational communication; and (3) challenging the perceived gap between organizational communication and students' experiences.
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Organizational Communication, Work Attitudes, Work Ethic, Work Environment, Class Activities, Teaching Methods, Constructivism (Learning), Textbook Content, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies
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