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Other examples of action teaching include:

  • "The Election Challenge," developed by Wesleyan University's Scott Plous, PhD, to teach the psychology of persuasion and broaden civic participation. He challenged students to persuade at least three people to vote for the U.S. presidential candidate of their choice. They then had to write a report describing the psychological strategies they used, the reactions people had and the number of votes they secured for their candidate.

  • "Using Lessons from the Holocaust to Reduce Bullying," created by Ruth Hannon, PhD, of Bridgewater State College. After students in a course on "Perspectives of the Holocaust" learn about research on such psychological factors as conformity, obedience and diffusion of responsibility, local middle school teachers visit the class and describe the challenges their children face from bullying. Students develop and present to the middle school children lessons from the Holocaust that teach about prejudice and bullying.

  • "Research for Community Action," used by Emerson College's Lori Rosenthal, PhD, teaches students research methods while engaging them in community service. Students pick an organization to work with and create and conduct a research project that not only teaches them research methods, but also helps the organization. For example, students worked with a local library to develop new programs that would help attract under-represented populations to the library. Students designed a study to find out why certain people don't use the library and what programs would entice them in.

—B. Azar