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ERIC Number: EJ1077425
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1475-7257
Counterfactual Thinking in the History of Psychology Course
Carroll, David W.
Psychology Learning and Teaching, v12 n1 p76-82 Mar 2013
History of psychology students wrote essays about historical figures and counterfactual events. A linguistic analysis of the essays revealed that counterfactual assignments included more auxiliary verbs and more references to tentativeness and the future. More important, scores on the counterfactual assignments but not the historical figure assignments correlated positively with a critical thinking subtest of the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency. The linguistic analysis and standardized test results suggest that the counterfactual assignment promotes a different form of thinking than more traditional historical assignments. Counterfactual thinking assignments may be applied to courses in other areas of psychology.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin
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