The objective of this activity is to increase students’ knowledge of Relational Dialectics by illustrating dialectic tensions in a tangible way. Relational Dialectics, which focuses on different dimensions in relationships, is an important concept for students to understand because it highlights the messiness of interpersonal relationships. This activity illustrates dialectical tensions through the use of colored stretchy craft string, providing students with a physical manifestation of an abstract concept.
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Schrader, V., & Muhammad, A. (2011). Illustrating Tensions Using Stretchy String: Teaching Relational Dialectics in the Interpersonal Communication Class. Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal, 38, 73-77.