The Concept of Face†and the Application of Experiential Exercises in an Oriental Culture

Edith C. Yuen, Vivien Lim


The experiential exercise is a learning tool developed in the west to facilitate learning by making learners responsible for the learning process. Effective experiential learning depends to a considerable extent on the willingness of the learners to engage in self-disclosure and the degree of openness and trust existing amongst group members. This paper examines participants’ willingness to engage in self-disclosure in an oriental culture where "face" and the fear of “loss of face†are important considerations. The study was conducted in Singapore.

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