ERIC Number: ED285470
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Aug
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An Introductory Demonstration for Introductory Psychology.
Nikels, Kenneth W.
The use of a classroom demonstration to introduce students to introductory psychology is described. It is employed early in the semester and has been an effective way to preface many topics and issues that the general psychology course normally includes. The demonstration consists of the class listening to a tape for 5-6 minutes and recording every word or phrase they hear. The tape consists of only one word, but students invariably report a number of words and phrases. In fall 1985, 75 students participated in the demonstration. While the average number of different words reported was 13.04, the range was from a low of 3 words to a high of 28 words. The lists collected from the class resulted in a total of 256 different words. Classroom discussion focuses on a variety of topics, including consciousness, perception, brain function, and projective techniques. The importance of recognizing and appreciating the uniqueness of individuals is also emphasized. An appendix lists words reported by the students. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Washington, DC, August 22-26, 1986).