ERIC Number: EJ816847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
The Use of Psychodrama Action Techniques in a Race Relations Class
Kranz, Peter L.; Ramirez, Sylvia Z.; Lund, Nick L.
College Student Journal, v41 n4 p1203-1208 Dec 2007
This article describes psychodrama action techniques that were effectively implemented in a university-level race relations course. Essential elements of these techniques included acting out and critical self-examination of the individual's personal beliefs. In a semi-structured class format in which uncensored spontaneity was stressed, students were strongly encouraged to speak in the first person, take responsibility for their own words, tell their own stories and experiences, and speak without constraints of political correctness. Class meetings focused on stripping away layers of emotional defenses so that students would carefully examine well-guarded issues of racial prejudice. Other psychodrama action techniques included: role reversal during in-class and outside-class exercises, altering seating arrangements to enhance student interactions and critical listening, and using dyads as well as other configurations to enhance student communication and personal connections.
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Race, Political Attitudes, Racial Relations, College Instruction, Reflection, Interpersonal Communication, Role Playing, Perspective Taking, Teaching Methods, Beliefs, Racial Attitudes, Counseling Techniques, Sensitivity Training, Consciousness Raising, Undergraduate Students, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Learning Strategies, Psychoeducational Methods, Whites, African Americans, Course Descriptions
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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