This book of structured activities for use in teaching about culture, ethnicity and diversity comprises easy-to-use classroom and training exercises that are both engaging to participants and effective as learning tools. The contributors offer tools to those teachers and trainers who strive to increase understanding of and communication between ethnic and racial groups. The book is arranged so that users may easily draw upon the activities to involve students and bring abstract concepts into the realm of the students' own experiences.
Chapter 6: Perspective Shifting on Wheels
Perspective Shifting on Wheels
Effective communication in pluralistic settings begins with the assumption that the same interaction will be experienced differently by individuals of varying social groups or cultures. But this understanding is easier gained cognitively than intuitively. Thus, one challenge for an instructor of intercultural and intergroup communication is to help students actually experience their own internal centrism—their own deep and unspoken assumption of their perception as the norm—even when they can already cognitively acknowledge the existence of other perspectives and perceptions.
Perspective Shifting on Wheels was designed for advanced journalism undergraduates who are steeped in the ideal and attempted professional practice of “objective observation.” It is meant to experientially contrast objectivism and relativism through a forced shift in personal perspective (time ...