In this activity students learn about how each of the 6 different schools of thought in psychology (behaviorist, structuralist, neuroscience, functionalist, psychoanalyst, and humanistic) approach the same general concepts.
In class, students by groups of two are assigned a perspective and then in double teams (two groups of two) they are assigned one general concept (ex. fear). Each group of two will research how their school of thought approaches their concept and prepare a written explanation that they will use to debate and explain that point of view to their counterparts. Once they have debated and explained each school of thought’s respective arguments, they come to a consensus as to which school of thought’s approach makes the most sense. A representative from each double group will then present this conclusion to the class and this feeds into a larger discussion on the goals of each school of thought.
Finally, each group of two hand in their written notes and then at home students complete a reflective assignment on the conclusions they had reached in their double groups.
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