Perception Is Reality: Sharing Frames


  • Sandra W. Morgan
  • Robert F. Dennehy


In this paper, the authors first present the theoretical grounding for the social construction of reality. They then share two tools for framing reality: one is an actual frame that students take out of the classroom to frame a scene in different ways; the other requires students to frame two different segments of a photographic advertisement. In both exercises students tell (either orally or in writing) the two different stories (perceptions of reality) they discovered. The paper ends with a discussion of student reaction to the activities.