Action Writing: Using Op-Eds to Advance Public Understanding of Psychological Science

By Adam R. Pearson (Pomona College)

To (1) introduce students to a powerful and accessible venue for engaging and transforming public debate; (2) foster critical thinking about real-world applications of psychological research; (3) develop students' research and writing skills; (4) provide students with experience communicating research findings to non-academic audiences; and (5) empower students by recruiting them as fellow educators to help advance public understanding of psychological science.

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Art and Aging: Digital Projects for People With Dementia

By: Elyssa Twedt, Dennis R. Proffitt, and Donna Hearn (University of Virginia)

(1) Foster values of citizenship and build students' confidence in their abilities to help others; (2) form intergenerational relationships between undergraduate students and the elderly by working towards common goals; (3) develop students' research skills; (4) highlight the reciprocal nature between knowledge learned in the classroom and knowledge acquired through real-world experiences; and (5) teach students about dementia and how the environment affects individual well-being.

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