A study tested the use of case studies with and without follow-up discussion, finding that the discussion group’s social interaction and sharing of conflicting ideas were the source of changes in thinking.
One mixed-method, exploratory study identified seven factors that enhance individuals’ motivation to take the perspective of others, defined as social perspective taking (SPT), including the desire to relate to others and to understand what others think of them.
Meira Levinson, Professor of Education, develops case studies about difficult questions in educational ethics—for example, grade inflation, charter schools, and policies that disproportionately impact low-income students of color—for A203 Educational Justice students to debate and discuss the ethical dimensions of educational practice and policy.
Joshua Greene, Professor of Psychology, designs course sessions for maximum engagement by creating interactive opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to grapple with problems and challenge one another. “It’s not a puzzle if there are not two competing, compelling arguments. I try to use students’ natural inclinations to achieve my pedagogical purposes—if they’re not at least a little confused, then I’m not doing my job.”