Psychological Thinking

In this web quest the students will have a chance to work on their psychological thinking process.

Understanding the key components to psychological thinking  is a day-to-day thinking process of a psychologist. As students go into the psychology work force they should learn and understand these key concepts, and learn how to apply them to the actions and questions they do or are asked everyday.

These are the academic standards being reviewed in this web quest.

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P.8.1 Understand the six steps involved in critical thinking; knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation

P.8.2 Locate and analyze primary sources of landmark experiments in psychology and other counter arguments.

P.8.3 Construct a testable hypothesis and apply the principles of research design to an appropriate experiment. 

First you will write/type out the definition of these 6 words: Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, Evaluation.

Next, you will look up 2 major past experiment(s) and try to identify the arguments associated with the the experiment using the 6 words from from above.

Last, You will create your own mini experiment and apply these methods to research for your experiment

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First, get into groups of 2 or 3 so that you can split the work evenly and finish the web quest in a reasonable amount of time.

Next, with you partner(s), look up the 6 words given to you for definitions either online or in the textbook . (if you find more than one meaning for the words then put at least two of the definitions to review.)

Next, look up 2 major experiments that had  very good arguments about a subject in psychology. When reading about these experiments, look for details that could be shown about the arguments that have to do with the words defined in the previous activity. Then write a 1-2 short paragraphs explaining how the words and actions about them were used in the arguments.

Last, create a mini experiment in your group that you think could be tested with the concepts learned in this web quest.

Wikipedia should not be used to look up information online!!

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In this class period the student should cooperate with each other. The room should still be pretty quiet with the students only talking within their own groups.

The groups could be using information in the book or online ( excluding wikipedia, this site should not be used.)

The mini experiment should be explain by the students on  at least a half a sheet of paper.

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At the end of the class the students should have a majority of the assignment finished. If the assignment is not finished the the students will have a limited amount of time in class the next day to finish. If not finished in the extra time the next day then at the end of the extra time the assignment will be considered late.

Each group of student will be responsible for 6 Definitions, 1-2 paragraphs each for the two major experiments done in the past, and at least half a page explanation of their own mini experiment. 

After the the activities have all been submitted then we will have a class discussion about the concepts that the students have learned and done subjects about.

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