ERIC Number: ED393057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
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Teaching as Persuasion: Altering Students' Views on Scientific Psychology.
Attempts to enhance students' appreciation for the scientific nature of psychology typically focus on training in scientific reasoning and methodology along with direct involvement in research activities. The underlying assumption appears to be that given sufficient knowledge and experience, students' perceptions of the discipline will change as part of their normal cognitive development. An alternative approach is to view changes in beliefs about psychology as an attitude change process in which information constitutes the arguments of a persuasive message. Current "dual process" models of persuasion (Petty & Cacioppo, 1986; Chaiken, 1987) suggest several ways in which class activities and assignments can be modified to make the information supplied in a typical course have greater impact on underlying attitudes about the scientific nature of psychology. Examples of classroom interventions are discussed, and ethical issues associated with developing technologies that explicitly target belief change as a course objective are also considered. Contains 17 references. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Identifiers: Persuasive Strategies
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (103rd, New York, NY, August 11-15, 1995).