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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Understanding Social Injustice by Walking in Another Person's Shoes

By Fred Bemak and Rita Chi-Ying Chung (George Mason University)

To help students (1) gain an understanding of the psychological and sociological factors related to social injustices; (2) acquire analytical and reflective thinking skills to assess and understand the context, history, and contemporary realities of social injustices; (3) understand the personal lives of those affected by social injustices; and (4) gain clinical and advocacy skills to challenge social injustices

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Bringing Organizational Psychology to Life Through Fundraising

By: Adam M. Grant (University of Pennsylvania)

Excerpt: To help students develop knowledge and skills in organizational psychology about (1) leadership, (2) collaboration, (3) networking, (4) negotiation, and (5) prosocial behavior through contributing to a meaningful cause in a cycle of application, feedback, and reflection.

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Building Cross-Cultural Understanding Through Facebook

By: Carie Forden and Amy Carrillo (Clarion University)

Excerpt: To give students the opportunity to: (1) experience meaningful cross-cultural interaction; (2) apply social psychological principles of prejudice and peacemaking to solving a real world problem; (3) strengthen their critical thinking skills; and (4) deepen their understanding and appreciation of diversity.

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