Effects of Instruction in Methodological Reasoning on Information Evaluation

Barry Leshowitz, Kristen Eigner DiCerbo, Morris A. Okun

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    Abstract

    In this article we describe an instructional program that focuses on applying causal reasoning and related principles of the scientific method to problems faced in daily life. In a highly interactive class-room setting, the instructor gives students repeated opportunities to apply methodological reasoning to real-world scenarios for the purpose of making informed decisions. In addition to describing the program, we report the findings of a capstone exercise that examined changes in students' beliefs toward legalization of marijuana after reading persuasive communications." Students who experienced the instructional program exhibited less bias in evaluating information and less attitude polarization than students in a comparison group. We discuss the implications of these findings for developing and evaluating instructional programs in methodological reasoning in psychology.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)5-10
    Number of pages6
    JournalTeaching of Psychology
    Volume29
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Dec 2002

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    Leshowitz, B., DiCerbo, K. E., & Okun, M. A. (2002). Effects of Instruction in Methodological Reasoning on Information Evaluation. Teaching of Psychology, 29(1), 5-10.

    Effects of Instruction in Methodological Reasoning on Information Evaluation. / Leshowitz, Barry; DiCerbo, Kristen Eigner; Okun, Morris A.

    In: Teaching of Psychology, Vol. 29, No. 1, 12.2002, p. 5-10.

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    Leshowitz, B, DiCerbo, KE & Okun, MA 2002, 'Effects of Instruction in Methodological Reasoning on Information Evaluation' Teaching of Psychology, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 5-10.
    Leshowitz, Barry ; DiCerbo, Kristen Eigner ; Okun, Morris A. / Effects of Instruction in Methodological Reasoning on Information Evaluation. In: Teaching of Psychology. 2002 ; Vol. 29, No. 1. pp. 5-10.
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