ERIC Number: ED251372
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Writing as a Tool for Teaching Social Psychology.
Snodgrass, Sara E.
Practical ways in which writing was used in a college level introductory social psychology course are described. Rather than being used almost exclusively as a tool for evaluation, the process of writing was also used as a tool for problem solving and for producing creative and analytical thinking. Writing was integrated into the course in three ways. First, students were required to keep a course log in which they wrote their reactions to the readings, class films and demonstrations, ideas for papers and projects, and other free writing. The second activity involved students in writing two short analyses of journal articles. Through this activity, they learned how to find literature on social psychology in the library, became familiar with the format of psychological research articles, and learned ways to approach reading and analyzing journal articles. The third activity that required writing was the planning and implementation of an observational study of some social psychological phenomenon. The appendices, which make up the bulk of the publication, contain the course outline and the student handouts that give step-by-step directions for each of the activities. (RM)
Descriptors: Content Area Writing, Course Descriptions, Creative Thinking, Higher Education, Information Retrieval, Interdisciplinary Approach, Introductory Courses, Library Skills, Problem Solving, Social Psychology, Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Writing (Composition), Writing Improvement, Writing Processes, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).