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Controversy in the psychology classroom : using hot topics to foster critical thinking

Author: Dana Dunn
Publisher: Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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One of the hallmarks of a quality liberal arts education is providing undergraduates the opportunity to wrestle with controversial issues. Yet many teachers feel ill-equipped when it comes to broaching disagreeable topics, managing the resulting heated debates, or helping students to separate their personal feelings from scientific evidence. This book provides frameworks for teaching controversial topics and skills  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dana Dunn
ISBN: 9781433812385 143381238X
OCLC Number: 795354433
Description: xix, 272 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: I. Guiding frameworks for teaching about controversial issues. Frames of reference : social psychological perspectives for teaching about controversial issues / Dana S. Dunn, Regan A.R. Gurung, and Karen Z. Naufel ; Preventing and handling classroom disruptions / Kristin M. Vespia and Tonya E. Filz ; Treating students asearly-career professionals : the ethics of teaching / Maureen A. McCarthy and R. Eric Landrum --
II. Helping students arrive at an empirically based conclusion. Seven tools for teaching evolutionary psychology / David M. Buss ; Hitting close to home : teaching about spanking / Elizabeth T. Gershoff ; Sexual orientation, marriage, and students of faith / David G. Myers ; Addressing the role of animal research in psychology / Suzanne C. Baker and Sherry L. Serdikoff --
III. Opening consideration of multiple views. Overcoming discomfort when teaching about evil and immorality / Karen Z. Naufel ; Anticipating and working with controversy in diversity and social justice topics / Cheryl B. Warner, Rosemary E. Phelps, Delishia M. Pittman, and Carla S. Moore ; Gender matters : engaging students in controversial issues / Elizabeth Yost Hammer and Eugenia M. Valentine ; Teaching about race and ethnicity / Mary E. Kite ; Spirituality and religion : how contexts, developmental processes, and personal experiences influence behavior / Dean D. VonDras ; Disabilty as diversity rather than (in)difference : undestanding others' experiences through one's own / Dana S. Dunn, David J. Fisher, and Brittany M. Beard ; Health psychology and policy : when politics infiltrate science / Regan A.R. Gurung and Daniel Bruns --
IV. Concluding thoughts and going forward. Using controversies to teach scientific thinking in psychology : topics and issues / Jeffrey D. Holmes.
Responsibility: edited by Dana S. Dunn [and others].

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One of the hallmarks of a quality liberal arts education is providing undergraduates the opportunity to wrestle with controversial issues. Yet many teachers feel ill-equipped when it comes to broaching disagreeable topics, managing the resulting heated debates, or helping students to separate their personal feelings from scientific evidence. This book provides frameworks for teaching controversial topics and skills for handling disruptions, so teachers can help students evaluate evidence and develop testable questions.
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