ERIC Number: EJ877839
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
Using "Bad" Undergraduate Research to Foster "Good" Attitudes
Shapiro, Mary B.
College Teaching, v58 n2 p47-51 Apr-Jun 2010
This paper postulates that having students engage in albeit limited and flawed research is a more effective way of changing attitudes than lecture or discussion. A common goal of the introductory linguistics course is to instill healthy language attitudes, but there is little extant research on the pedagogy of linguistics indicating how this may be accomplished. This case study presents an experimental design that allows students to develop empathy for speakers of stigmatized dialects and serves simultaneously to introduce students to the scientific method and to reinforce the idea of linguistics as a science. It offers ideas that instructors in any discipline dealing with multiculturalism may be able to adapt.
Descriptors: Research Design, Scientific Methodology, Language Attitudes, Linguistics, Cultural Pluralism, Empathy, Teaching Methods, Language Research, Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Case Studies, Feedback (Response), Observation, Rural Areas
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