TOOL 2.4 – A STEP AHEAD (GAME ON TECHNICAL POWER OF THE EDUCATIONAL RELATIONSHIP)

AIMS OF THE ACTIVITY
Allow participants to get the strong distance in the educational relationship that can be achieved between the operator and the beneficiary, whether it is due to the asymmetry of power inherent in the relationship itself, and for the effect of stereotypes, prejudices and overall personal representations of their own condition.
DESCRIPTION / METHODOLOGY
The facilitator distributed to each participant a different sheet, which is described in a few lines his/her character. Each has 5 minutes to “characterize”, answering questions alongside the description, to help to fall into character. You can also add other characters, depending on the context. In this case, these are peoples who are in the social services (as beneficiary or operator).

All participants then go in the centre of the room, behind an imaginary line.

At this point the facilitator describes what is expected from the participants: each of them are a different character, with equal rights, duties, dignity and freedom (Constitution, Declaration of Human Rights, etc.) and, depending on how he/she respond , he/she will do a step forward, one step back, or stand still.

The facilitator will read, in the indicated sequence, one by one the sentences. For each sentence, the participant will be able to answer YES, NO or DO NOT KNOW, depending if he/she think that his/her character would agree or not.

If he/she answered YES, he/she goes a step further. If NO, step back. If I DO NOT KNOW, he/she stand still.

In the debriefing is possible to use the incentive-questions listed after, to help participant to be aware of what are the dynamics that are activated in a group of people who, theoretically, are all the same but, in everyday practice, are different. The difference, at the end of the game, it will be real and visible (typically, formed a group of people across the room, one at the other side and finally some are scattered in between).

SUGGESTED TIMING
50 minutes – including debriefing
MATERIAL AND RESOURCES NEEDED
 
COMPETENCES DEVELOPED
The technical power in the educational relationship

Group dynamics

 

Sentences

 

  1. Your opinion are asked on all matters that concern you
  2. There are people who turn to you for advice
  3. Your culture is recognized and appreciated by others
  4. You can decide how to decorate the house where you live
  5. You can get your friends whenever you want and organize parties
  6. You can change your own schedule (eg. Lunch, alarm clock, …) when you want and as you like
  7. Do you feel valued and accepted in society?
  8. Do you plan your future based on your interests and desires
  9. The only “shifts” are those connect to the work or school
  10. You can have stable loving relationships freely
  11. You decide how and what to commit your days
  12. You can freely decide how to dress
  13. You can plan a holiday in autonomy, even if economic
  14. The people around you believe you when you say something
  15. You can decide your work or training future
  16. You can have free sexual relationships
  17. You chose the people you spend most of the day
  18. You decide freely how to spend your money
  19. You can get in touch with family, friends by phone, mail or other whenever you want
  20. You have your own space where you just stand alone if you desired
  21. You can have free access to all areas of the place where you live
  22. Do you feel that your rights are respected?

 

Questions to activate the comparison…

 

  • How do you feel in your places comparing them to those of others?
  • How did you feel taking a step forward? Step back? Standing fixed?
  • How did you feel realizing that other were in front of you?
  • You have felt that at some point your rights were infringed? Which?
  • What tells you this experience on services?
  • On the technical power?
  • On the role of citizens and beneficiary of services?
  • Who do you think have done steps forward? Who left behind?
  • Would you change that? In what? Because?
  • What could be done (services) to change your situation?
  • What you could do yourself (character) to change the situation?

 

 

 

Your character:

 

You are a 43 years old woman with disabilities (Down syndrome). You live in a foster home with 5 other guests and two operators, which in shift are with you.

Imagine your story …

 

How was your childhood?

 

How is your family? Who are your friends?

How you spend your time? Works?

 

Your character:

 

You are a 21-year-old mother of two children aged 1 and 3 years.

You have no contact with your family. Since 1 year, you living in a foster house for women.

Imagine your story …

 

How was your childhood?

How is your family? Who are your friends?

How you spend your time? Works?

 

Your character:

 

You are a 75-year-old man not entirely self-sufficient living alone in a suburban neighbourhood; now in retirement and is hard to make ends meet. Three days a week the health visitor from a cooperative comes to your house

Imagine your story …

 

How was your childhood?

How is your family? Who are your friends?

How you spend your time? Works?

 

Your character:

 

You are a exchange student of veterinary that has ‘recently moved, you do not know many people in this new city’.

Imagine your story …

 

How was your childhood?

How is your family? Who are your friends?

How you spend your time? Works?

 

Your character:

 

Are you a young Afghan asylum seeker living in a Shelter for refugees waiting for an answer and find a different placement. you may not work and you do black work

Imagine your story …

 

How was your childhood?

How is your family? Who are your friends?

How you spend your time? Works?

 

Your character:

 

You are a Roma child of 10 years, live in a camp, go to school occasionally with the van of the education services

Imagine your story …

 

How was your childhood?

How is your family? Who are your friends?

How you spend your time? Works?

 

Your character:

 

You are 10-year coordinator within a social cooperative that deals with homeless people.

Imagine your story …

 

How was your childhood?

How is your family? Who are your friends?

How you spend your time? Works?

 

Your character:

 

You are a homeless person. Frequently during the day centre but at night you are on the street.

Imagine your story …

 

How was your childhood?

How is your family? Who are your friends?

How you spend your time? Works?

 

Your character:

 

You are a teenager of 16 years live in the foster home because they were many family conflicts with the companion of your mother; you do not go to school and do not work.

Imagine your story …

 

How was your childhood?

How is your family? Who are your friends?

How you spend your time? Works?

 

Your character:

 

You are a separate woman with three children, your family is in charge of social services because in the past there have been incidents of violence with your ex-husband. Three times a week educators from the  social service dealing in particular of the youngest that has had too many problems at school.

Imagine your story …

 

How was your childhood?

How is your family? Who are your friends?

How you spend your time? Works?

 

Your character:

 

You are a 12 years child, they have given you the support for “conduct disorder”, do not love the school and make it hard to sit a long time, the afternoons you frequent a youth center.

Imagine your story …

 

How was your childhood?

How is your family? Who are your friends?

How you spend your time? Works?

 

Your character:

 

You are a social worker works in assisting the elderly for 10 years. Love your job and you’re looking for more ideas.

Imagine your story …

 

How was your childhood?

How is your family? Who are your friends?

How you spend your time? Works?

 

 

Your character:

 

You are a city councillor for social policies. Before you were a hairdresser and had a shop owned by you.

Imagine your story …

 

How was your childhood?

How is your family? Who are your friends?

How you spend your time? Works?

 

Your character:

 

You are a woman with three children. Works as a tram driver for 10 years. You have a passion for travel.

Imagine your story …

 

How was your childhood?

How is your family? Who are your friends?

How you spend your time? Works?

 

Your character:

 

You are a high school teacher. In your free time he works as a teacher of L2 (Italian) in a homeless center/refuge for immigrants

Imagine your story …

 

How was your childhood?

How is your family? Who are your friends?

How you spend your time? Works?

 

Your character:

 

You are a prisoner in semi-liberty in charge of social services, during the day you work for a social cooperative of type B as a Gardener

Imagine your story …

 

How was your childhood?

How is your family? Who are your friends?

How you spend your time? Works?

 

Your character:

 

you Are a person with psychiatric problems, live alone in a occupied-house, you are followed by the Mental Health Department of the ASL, you have a work grant from the municipality and frequent a day centre twice a week

Imagine your story …

 

How was your childhood?

How is your family? Who are your friends?

How you spend your time? Works?

 

Your character:

 

You are a 16 year old guy living at home with your family , frequent the grammar school with good results, you have passion for music and would like to attend a music and art university in the future to work in an artistic field.

Imagine your story …

 

How was your childhood?

How is your family? Who are your friends?

How you spend your time? Works?