Present Your Problem and Solution Using the Elements of a Problem Frame

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Coronet Instructional Films. “Ways to Settle Disputes.” 1950. Prelinger Archives, 20 August 2012. <

Before the film addresses its topic, it tells a story with a familiar structure that shows up all over the place, from movie trailers to paper introductions. The pattern is a proven motivator:

  • It begins by orienting us in comfortable territory that is familiar from other stories and our own experience. Alice, Jerry, and Eddie walk happily down the street.
  • A memorable disruption interrupts the familiar situation when Alice sees two children flailing their arms at each other, fighting over a tricycle.
  • The narrator emphasizes what the children lose by fighting: it spoils their play; it isn’t any fun; it’s dangerous, and someone’s likely to be hurt; and they’re wasting time fighting instead of using the time to have fun.
  • The disruptive situation is resolved when Eddie steps in to teach the younger children how to compromise. The younger children ride off down the street together.

Before this video gets into specific methods for resolving disputes, it uses this story to convince its viewers that disputes are a problem in the first place. This basic structure helps makes this seemingly bland topic seem more urgent and more consequential than it otherwise might.