ERIC Number: EJ888826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
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Exploring the Recursive Nature of Food and Family Communication
Manning, Linda D.
Communication Teacher, v20 n1 p1-5 Jan 2006
Family meals act as a barometer to signify the changing nature of family life. The primary objective of this activity is to allow students to experience the many ways in which a recursive relationship exists between the food families eat and the patterns of communication families enact. Through this activity, students experience how food and accompanying attitudes, beliefs, and values can serve as a conduit for conveying family metaphors, stories, rules, roles, and rituals. This activity not only illustrates and emphasizes course concepts regarding family communication, but also builds community in the classroom. Thus, a secondary objective of the activity is to provide a forum for students to sample foods from a variety of cultures. A list of references and suggested readings is included.
Descriptors: Family Life, Parent Child Relationship, Interpersonal Communication, Food, Values, Family Relationship, Attitudes, Beliefs, Role, Cultural Awareness, Classroom Environment, Teaching Methods, Cultural Influences
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