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ERIC Number: EJ901191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
The Community Collaboration Stakeholder Project
Heath, Renee Guarriello
Communication Teacher, v24 n4 p215-220 Oct 2010
Today's increasingly complex and diverse world demands 21st century communication skills to solve community and social justice problems. Interorganizational collaboration is at the heart of much community activism, such as that focused on solving environmental disputes, eradicating racially discriminating real estate practices, and bringing early education to economically marginalized families. Thus, students need to develop effective group interaction skills in order to collaborate across organizations to solve problems. This article discusses a community collaboration stakeholder project in which students apply the communication skills of dialogue, appreciative inquiry, consensus decision-making, brainstorming, and principled negotiation in an authentic simulation of interorganizational collaboration. The emphasis of this activity is on the process of interaction, not on the results of any interaction. In the end students learn and appreciate the skills, time, and care required to address community issues through consensus and collaboration. They also develop a more sophisticated understanding of diversity. A list of references and suggested readings is included.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A