The effects of role playing on high school social studies students' awareness of their ethnocentrism





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I have always struggled to get my geography students to understand the importance of other cultures, their impact on us and my students' own ethnocentrism. September, 11 2001 brought this idea of ethnocentrism to the forefront of many discussions. Traditional methods of teaching did not work, I needed to somehow get my students more involved. Implementing role playing activities was the answer. Role playing is an activity where students are able to portray someone from a different background and have no fear. Role playing puts students in the shoes of different people from around the world and allows them to understand where a person is coming from. I had the students participate in a variety of role playing activities and implemented the case study method, followed up by a student focus group to review my findings. The results of this effort was very surprising.

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