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ERIC Number: EJ889461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
Using Journals to Show Students What Social Psychology Is All about
Harrod, Wendy J.
Teaching Sociology, v37 n4 p390-401 Oct 2009
Professional journals serve the vital scientific function of disseminating knowledge to colleagues. In so doing, journals become the "face" and "voice" of the professional disciplines they represent. Journal content shows the major topics of interest, the scope, and the boundaries of the profession. It shows the techniques and methods of research that are relevant to the profession. In other words, a person can learn a lot about the nature of a discipline simply by examining its major journals. In this article, the author shares how her interest in social psychology journals provoked her to develop a teaching activity she uses in her social psychology classes. The activity asks students to examine four major journals in the field of social psychology. The teaching activity combines active-learning in groups, with a follow-up lecture/discussion. Results suggest that comparing social psychology journals is a highly educational activity for students. (Contains 5 tables, 2 figures, and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A