“Humane Edutainment: Combining Tradition and Innovation”

APHE Conference Ft. Myers, FL February 24, 2011

"The foundation of every state is the education of its youth"

- Diogenes Laertius , 3


Century Greek Biographer


 Introduction

 Genesis of the Program  Program Goals & Target Audience  Humane Edutainment Theory •Cognitive Dissonance •Transformative Learning •Barriers and Enablers  Humane Edutainment Praxis  The Way Ahead

Program Goals

Vietnam (21st Century???) United States (19th-20th Century)

Target Audience
Mobile Training Team

MTT New Volunteers

School Audiences
Three Degrees

School Audiences

Cognitive Dissonance

Transformative Learning

“Throughout their lifetime, people make meaning out of their experiences. They build a way of seeing the world, a way of interpreting what happens to them, and accompanying values, beliefs, and assumptions that determine their behavior. Much of this framework is uncritically absorbed from family, community, and culture. People do not stop to question everything that happens to them or everything they see and hear – they generally believe their friends, accept media interpretations of events, and follow the principles that have guided them so far. People have a set of expectations about the world that are based on formative childhood experiences, and those expectations continue to act as a filter for understanding life…When something unexpected happens, when a person encounters something that does not fit in with his or her expectations of how things should be, based on past experience, the choices are to reject the unexpected or to question the expectation. When people critically examine their habitual expectations, revise them, and act on the revised point of view, transformative learning occurs.” (Patricia Cranton)

Transformative Learning
A Disorienting Dilemma Reintegration


Building competence and selfconfidence

Critical assessment of assumptions

Experimenting with new roles

Jack Meizrow

Recognition of shared discontent

Acquiring new knowledge and skills Planning a course of action

Exploration of options

Barriers to Change

Barriers to Behavioral Change
“Just World Phenomenon”

“She’s looking for trouble”

Bernie Madoff John Walker Lindh “American Taliban”

Barriers to Behavioral Change
“Empathy Avoidance”

Barriers to Behavioral Change
“Psychic Numbing”

Baby Jessica

Queenie Forgea

A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic”

Barriers to Behavioral Change
“Social Proof”

Barriers to Behavioral Change
“Social Proof”

Barriers to Behavioral Change
“Bystander Effect”

Hugo Alfredo Yale-Tax

Chained Dog

Kitty Genovese

Barriers to Behavioral Change
“Status Quo Bias”

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
“To do nothing is within the power of all men…”

Barriers to Behavioral Change
“Linguistic Relativity”

Animal Welfare? Animal Rights?

Animal Shelter?
Animal Rescue? Humane Education?
Benjamin Lee Whorf (1897-1941) Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951)

Enablers for Behavioral Change
“Consistency & Commitment”

“Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a certain way….we become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.” – Aristotle (384-322 BC)

Enablers for Behavioral Change
“Vicarious Modeling”

“Tell me, and I will forget.
Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.”

Enablers for Behavioral Change
“Communities of Inquiry”

Humane Edutainment Praxis
Forum Theatre

Augusto Boal (1931-2009)

Humane Edutainment Praxis
Forum Theatre

Humane Edutainment Praxis

Humane Edutainment Praxis

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do
– Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

Other HE Elements
Role Playing

Other HE Elements
Traditional Arts

“Don’t let cigarettes destroy our future”

“Develop Chicken Rearing”

“Children go to kindergarten so that mothers can go to school. The People fight against illiteracy.”

Yudisthira's Dog: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0JXcPxkSGE

Other HE Elements
Brainstorming Sessions

Other HE Elements


Focus Groups

Other HE Elements
Communities of Practice

The Way Ahead…

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” - Aristotle (384-322 BC)

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