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ERIC Number: ED190974
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 14
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Guided Design as a Social Laboratory: A Behavior Therapy Example.
Miller, Duane I.
Although conventional approaches to teaching psychology are probably effective to some degree, it is possible that psychology should be a "hands on" science, i.e., students of psychology should learn to apply the concepts and principles of the theoretical regions of psychology and to solve open-ended problems through the application of psychological ideas. Guided Design, as proposed by Wales and Stager, offers a vehicle for this application of psychology because it presents the student with an open-ended problem to be solved in stages which represent successive approximations to the terminal goal Through the use of the instruction-feedback model, the student is first required to work through solutions within the group setting and is then given a suggested solution by the instructor who provides a model for problem solving. A project was constructed for lower-level students of psychology which took them through the stages of goal setting, information gathering, solution generation, constraint specification, preliminary evaluation, analysis, synthesis, and final evaluation to resolve a problem. A tentative evaluation of the project's effectiveness revealed performances on traditional exams to be similar to comparison groups who received lectures. The students significantly increased their interactions with the instructor. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - General
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Language: English
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