ERIC Number: ED389365
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Using the IDEAL Problem Solving Method in Groups.
Smith, R. Scott
In introductory psychology courses, the desire to cover content can conflict with the desire to acquaint students with psychological thinking processes. The IDEAL method is a group problem solving quiz technique which addresses both of these goals. In the process, instructors choose key concepts from a given reading and divide the class into groups of four to six students. Each member of each group then chooses a concept to specialize in, completing concept sheets which compare and contrast their concept to other assigned concepts. Groups then determine how to apply their understandings of their concepts to common situations, such as when an individual decides to accompany a group to an event that they do not believe will be enjoyable. Testing is conducted in essentially the same format, with quizzes evaluated on the basis of how aspects of the scenario exemplify the concept in action or how the students apply the concept to the scenario in order to address the question. The advantages of this method for psychology classes are that it makes use of student learning and gives them practice with problem solving, critical thinking, and group interaction skills while teaching the content of the subject area. A disadvantage is that the amount of material covered must be reduced to allow for time spent on problem solving techniques and teamwork skills. A sample concept sheet is appended. (TGI)
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Note: In: Teaching of Psychology: Ideas and Innovations. Proceedings of the Annual Conference on Undergraduate Teaching of Psychology (9th, Ellenville, NY, March 22-24, 1995); see JC 960 009.