Assignments For Students to do on Their Own

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Assignments for Personality Psychology Steve Davis, North Central College, Naperville, IL, provides this syllabus from his Personality class. In it, he describes a number of interesting assignments including: Research Article Review, Personality Analysis, Cartoon Analysis, Newspaper Article Analysis, Keirsey Temperament Sorter, Examples of Defense Mechanisms or Parapraxes, Personal Reflection on Identity vs. Role Confusion, Locus of Control, Choosing a Mate (gender differences, evolutionary theory), Peak Experiences Exercise (Maslow) and a RET Self-help Exercise (Albert Ellis).

Analytical Paper Marc W. Patry from Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada submitted this creative assignment in which students basically have to select and digest a study related to personality psychology and to connect it to the assigned reading, to current events, and to something about yourself. Details and grading guidelines are provided.

Conditioning at Mickey D's "What do parents do, at a fast food restaurant, to encourage desirable behaviors and discourage undesirable behaviors? Are the principles of operant conditioning being used?" Check out Raymond Rogoway's clever assignment for understanding and applying principles of conditioning.

Positive Reinforcement: A Self-Instructional Exercise Athabasca University devised this on-line exercise to teach students the concept of positive reinforcement and also to provide an idea of the kind of self-instructional exercises used in many Athabasca University course packages

Self-Conceptions from Childhood to Adolescence: A Brief Experiment. All graduating seniors in the Psychology Department at Sweet Briar College leave behind a legacy in the form of a project which inspired them as a student. Alumnae to Chantal Yavari '02 summarizes the results of a study she did in which four participants aged 5, 11, 16, and 20 answer the question "Who am I?". This makes a good class exercise as well as providing interesting examples for a class on identity development.

Who Am I?: A Personality Project on Traits. John A. Johnson at Penn State University, DuBois, has students complete a 3-stage project on traits based on students' own personality descriptions written on first day of class. In the process students learn about different kinds of traits, environmental and genetic influences on traits, and evaluate the Five-Factor Model and whether it confirms or contradicts their own analysis.


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