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International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, v26 n2 p268-275 2014

This study is a test of the effectiveness of a classroom role-playing exercise used to increase the understanding of cultural practices with which many Midwestern college students are uncomfortable. I employed a pre-test/post-test comparison group design. Students enrolled in two sections of a general education global issues course (N = 56) were asked about their perceptions about, and explanations for, the existence of female genital cutting in Egypt (the country they were studying). One section discussed the issue during a PowerPoint presentation, and the other section participated in an exercise in which they role-played family members deciding whether a daughter or sister would undergo the procedure. A comparison of post-test responses demonstrated increased understanding in both sections, but students in the experimental group better understood the collective implications of the practice on the entire family.

Descriptors: Collectivism, Role Playing, Cultural Awareness, College Students, Pretests Posttests, Comparative Analysis, World Problems, Females, Sexual Abuse, Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Family Environment, Decision Making, Attitude Change, Social Attitudes, Teaching Methods

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Author: Miller, Carol

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=74&id=EJ1060900







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