ERIC Number: ED365402
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
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Teaching Introductory Industrial/Organizational Psychology as a Liberal Arts Subject.
Industrial/Organizational (I/O) psychology emphasizes the ways in which basic psychological science plays out in work and organizational life and is closely related to other disciplines. As such, it has a unique potential to help undergraduates think integratively. I/O psychologists deal with such topics as the role of tests in a diverse society, methods of making work groups functional, and the influence of computerization in society. While these topics can be taught in narrow, highly technical ways, they may also be taught in a way that helps students think broadly and deal with large social questions. At the University of Virginia's Northern Virginia Center, for example, an I/O psychology course is taught using the following strategies: (1) students are asked to write a one-page paper each week, discussing their critical reactions to the readings and class discussions of the previous week's class; (2) case studies are used to help students through the difficulties of digesting technically sophisticated pieces from the practitioner literature; (3) during field trips to work sites, students conduct psychological observations, and also observe observations; (4) a series of extended role-playing exercises are used mid-semester to address such topics as employer-employee relations and the class process itself; and (5) consultation skills and issues are taught through group activities to address such topics as diversity. I/O psychology can be relevant to cross-disciplinary themes such as diversity and rapid sociocultural change and can serve as a pathway to developing generic intellectual skills and an integrated understanding of psychology. (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: University of Virginia
Note: In: Teaching of Psychology: Ideas and Innovations. Proceedings of the Annual Conference on Undergraduate Teaching of Psychology (7th, Ellenville, New York, March 24-26, 1993); see JC 940 163.