Action-teaching: stimulating active student learning in psychology through Car (Concept, Action and Reflection)

Li, Wendy (2017) Action-teaching: stimulating active student learning in psychology through Car (Concept, Action and Reflection). In: [Presented at] AusPLaT- Australian Psychology Learning and Teaching Conference. From: AusPLaT- Australian Psychology Learning and Teaching Conference, 15-17 September 2017, Ipswich, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

Prominent psychologist Kurt Lewin coined the term ‘action research’ to describe research aimed at solving social problems. Action teaching is the educational counterpart to action research. Just as Lewin developed action research to address social issues, action teaching not only teaches about a subject topic but contributes to the greater good. This paper showcases an innovative approach to action teaching using CAR (Concept, Action & Reflection) as a form of assessment in three subjects: Social Psychology, Intercultural Psychology and Personality Psychology. Applying theories of situated cognition, instructional scaffolding and guided discovery learning to CAR design, CAR consists of three components: 1) Concept—this component requires students to conduct a short literature review on the concept(s) they employ and to establish the conceptual connection with the pre-designed action, 2) Action— Pre-designed actions apply the concept(s) students have learned to a real world setting. Students are required to engage with community according to the instruction of action; and 3) Reflection—in the Reflection section, students are required to conceptualise their action, and reflect on what they have learned from their action and how the specific CAR helps them understand the abstract concept(s). The well-designed CARs across the three subjects not only help students learn about concepts and theories through the pre-designed actions, but also promote them to enthusiastically think about making a change in the community.

Item ID: 54497
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: action teaching, CAR, engagement, active learning, student experience
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2018 03:40
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 100%
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