INTRODUCTION:Name: RaeAnne SmithAge: 17Nationality: AmericanHometown: Seattle, WashingtonYears in Thailand: 6Attending: Hopefully UWWoKThere are four ways of knowing - perception, emotion, reason and language. In this PowerPoint,Im going to focus on the two ways of knowing of emotion and reason.Interviewer: What experience have you chosen?The experience that I have chosen to talk about is my global citizenship, or week without wallstrip to Africa in 9th grade.Interviewer: What did you do on this trip?During this trip, we went to Zambia and Botswana. In Zambia we stayed in Chalets and didmany fun activities such as white water rafting and a cliff jumping activity. We also sent one daydoing community service helping build a local school. We also spent a few days in Botswana,where we camped out in tents in the African bush. Every morning we woke up just beforesunrise to take a safari. We did this again in the afternoon and the evening. We saw a hugevariety of the African wildlife such as elephants, monkeys, baboons, giraffes, crocodiles andmany more. Unfortunately we didn’t see any lions, though we did see their tracks. On our lastday, we went to Victoria Falls, which was also incredible.Interviewer: Why did you choose this as your example?I chose this as my example because GCW Africa was by far my favorite trip I have taken forGCW, surpassing even Prague in my sophomore year.Interviewer: What ways of knowing does this experience relate to?Emotion and Reason.Interviewer: How does your experience relate to these ways of knowing?While in Zambia, we spent a day doing fun activities that included jumping off of a cliff (with aharness), and gliding on a zip line across a canyon. Emotion ties into this because my emotionsbefore I was about to jump off of this cliff were filled with fear. I was nervous anduncomfortable for the entire hour wait before I went. Most of the group went before me, andseeing their fear as well and hearing them scream as they jumped off affected my emotions,making me more scared. When the time came for me to jump off, I was paralyzed with fear and
stood at the edge of the cliff for a good 5 minutes before. Finally, I jumped off and the entire fallwas a blur. Once I got down, I felt relief and a sense of accomplishment for having donesomething that terrified me.The WoK, emotion, strongly influenced my attitude towards jumping off of the cliff. Since I wasso afraid of doing it, I felt negatively towards the idea of doing it and had negative thoughtsbefore jumping and further enhancing my fear.Interviewer: What specific concepts or theories from emotion does this experience relate to?I think that it relates to the James-Lange theory which says that emotions are essentially physical,and that bodily changes come before and cause emotions. I think that because I was aware of thefact that there was nothing to be afraid of, but yet I still felt scared, supports James Langestheory because the physical change is occurring first. If it had been the other way around,rationalizing my fear would have been much easier and perhaps I would not have been afraid atall.Interviewer: How does this experience relate to reason?Although I was fully aware that during this, I would be securely harnessed and that there wasalmost no chance of anything going wrong. To further enhance my knowledge that nothingwould go wrong, many people in my GCW group went before me and I could clearly see them atthe bottom, landing perfectly intact and filled with so much excitement in having done it.Although I was fully aware that I would be completely fine and there should not be anything tofear, my emotions interfered with my ability to reason and thus making me scared to jump.Interviewer: What does this say about you personally as a student? I think this experience says that in times of high emotional state, my ability to reason ishindered. This is evident when I have a lot of homework or tests on the same day because I don’trationalize well and so I procrastinate and then cause myself to become more stressed. But at thesame time, my high emotion level motivates me to do my work and not stop until its finished.This can sometimes be negative though because I stay up all night working and find myselffalling asleep in classes the next day.Interviewer: In reflecting on the example, what impact does what you have studied inclass have on your learning experiences?After studying these areas of knowing (emotion and reason) I am now much more aware of myemotion and reason and how emotion can sometimes (often) hinder my ability to reason.Interviewer: What do you know about yourself as a student that will change how youapproach learning in the future?Now that Im fully aware of emotion and reason and their effects and especially of the effects ofemotion on the ability to reason, I will use this knowledge to my advantage and rationalize betterin times of stress. For example, if I have a huge test the next morning and I am so stressed that I
want to stay up all night to study, I will be aware of the fact that my high-stress state is hinderingmy ability to reason. Thus, I will be able to make better decisions, such as sleeping early ratherthan pulling an all-nighter and help myself academically.