ERIC Number: EJ937148
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
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Food and Culture: A Pedagogical Approach to Contextualizing Food-Based Activities in Multicultural Counseling Courses
Sommer, Carol A.; Rush, Lee Covington; Ingene, Daphne H.
Counselor Education and Supervision, v50 n4 p259-273 Jun 2011
Pedagogic approaches that draw on reflective practices and experiential activities are valued for their perceived ability to enhance multicultural understanding. The use of food-based assignments is not uncommon in multicultural counseling courses; however, the authors contend that although these activities may be experiential in nature, they are often devoid of any meaningful in-depth discussion about related contextual elements, such as power dynamics, economic systems, familial structures, cultural values, and religious meaning. This article describes a food-based assignment used in a multicultural counseling course incorporating firsthand experience with members of various cultures. Anecdotal evidence, as well as suggestions for practice, is included.
Descriptors: Counselor Training, Food, Cultural Differences, Counseling Techniques, Experiential Learning, Learning Activities, Assignments
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