ERIC Number: ED389370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Using Personality Scales as an Experiential Learning Activity.
Oswald, Patricia A.
Although experiential activities require minimal effort and time commitment on the part of instructors to implement, such activities capture students' interest, assist them in understanding course concepts, and generate excellent class discussions. As a test of experiential teaching techniques, several personality scales were used in a social psychology class to engage students in learning about a variety of topics. Thirty-nine women and 14 men enrolled in a social psychology class volunteered to participate in the study. Early in the semester, students completed an instrument measuring demographics, self-esteem, interpersonal reactivity, self-monitoring, and locus of control. At the end of the semester, students completed a questionnaire evaluating the experiential personality scales component of the course. Results of the study indicated that the students: (1) held very positive attitudes about completing the personality scales and using them as a springboard for lecture and discussion; (2) felt that the activity was very interesting and valuable; (3) reported that the activity helped them to grasp the role of dispositional and situational factors in social behavior and understand related concepts and research presented in class; (4) indicated that the activity enabled them to relate material to their own lives; and (5) thought that the component should be included in future classes. Contains 21 references. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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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.