ERIC Number: ED024972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Aug-30
Reference Count: 0
The Campus as a Social-Psychological Laboratory.
Runkel, Philip J.
A sophomore course in social psychology at the University of Oregon was designed around a project using the campus community as a laboratory. Class members formed groups to study the conditions and processes of social interaction affecting teaching and learning on the campus. The design of the course rested on the principles that students are always learning and that humans are always seeking freedom. Examples of the teacher's introduction of the course and projects undertaken by students are given. In class, focus was placed upon communication and coordination within the project groups and upon research methodology as necessary. Transition between the experimental class and the more traditional class was eased by giving explicit instructions about the final report and by using former students as consultants. A continuing evaluation of the course, both objectively and by student ratings, indicates the goals of enabling students to observe, to find new communication skills, and to transfer learning outside the classroom are met in such a laboratory approach. (KP)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Speech Presented at American Psychological Association Convention, San Francisco, California, August 30 through September 3, 1968.