Thank you for sharing the activity. Sounds like a lot of fun plus a very
valuable learning experience. did you hand out characteristics of each
group before hand so they could "assume" the roles? Sounds like an activity
I might want to try with my nursing students. Thanks again.
At 04:37 PM 1/20/00 -0500, you wrote:
>Hey everyone just wanted to share a success story with you. The
>Recreational Sports Office held its spring semester staff training over the
>weekend. One of the break out sessions included a Stereotype Activity.
>The group, of about forty students, were broken up into countries. Each
>country was named after a Winnie the Pooh character. We had the Pooh's (of
>course), the Rabbits, the Owls, and the Tiggers. Each country had a group
>leader who explained "there way of life" how they communicate, how the
>For example the Poohs were very slow in answering questions, the rabbits
>never made eye contact, the owls always interrupted and the Tiggers were
>very over bearing. After each country understood there "way of life" all
>of the students interacted with the mission of determining the other
>countries way of life. At the end we all sat down and discussed the
>exercise. Students would say that the Owls were rude and know it alls,
>that the Pooh's were stoners, the Tiggers, well no one liked the Tiggers.
>We then discussed each country's culture and how the others were perceived.
> Lastly, we related this to customer service in the Rec Department and how
>we view our patrons. Needless to say the students realized that using
>stereotypes to judge people is a mistake. It surprised them and opened
>their eyes, lets hope now they take what they learned and apply it.
>Thought you all would want to know.
>Kurt D. Klier,
>Coordinator of Intramural Sports & Aquatics
>The University of Vermont
>Gucciardi Recretion & Fitness Center
>Burlington, Vermont 05405
>(802) 656-7686 (FAX)
Mary Canales, RN, Ph.D.
School of Nursing
University of Vermont
Rowell building, Room 216
Burlington, VT 05405-0068
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