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ERIC Number: ED253188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug-12
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Courage in the Classroom.
Costin, Frank
Challenges to the psychology teacher are considered, including engaging students in the learning process, helping students develop a historical perspective in their study of psychology, and dealing with controversial topics. Resistance to answering questions is likely to be greatest when the lecturer asks for highly specific facts. Students may be more likely to respond when questions are presented as hypotheses, or open-ended interpretations that demand reflective thinking. Challenging students' passivity can not only stimulate productive thinking but also can help improve their oral communication. To foster these kinds of activities, the teacher must possess a high degree of motivation. Classroom presentations should be well organized and teachers should have good elocutionary skills. If discussion is dominated by the teacher in small classes, student passivity can be as great as that in large lecture classes. Courage on the teacher's part is needed to deal with controversial and sensitive ideas in the classroom. Teachers cannot deal with topics such as homosexuality and sex differences in abilities without risking conflict with some students' moral, ethical, religious, or political beliefs. Finally, integrating historical views for all topics in psychology courses is advocated. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Toronto, Canada, August 12, 1984).