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Forming groups: Enhancing psychological literacy through a group selection exercise
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (Forskningsgruppen för Socialpsykologi)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7117-5620
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (Forskningsgruppen för Socialpsykologi)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0202-4650
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (Forskningsgruppen för Socialpsykologi)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3307-0748
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Social and group psychology has much to offer in terms of applicable knowledge and the development of psychological literacy in students. One area that is particularly suited for application is the formation of groups: how we select group members, and how we understand how group roles can impact on the effectiveness of group work. In light of many university courses using group work as part of teaching and learning activities, this is an ideal opportunity in which to apply psychological knowledge to the students’ own learning practices. This paper reports on the use of a group selection exercise as part of a social/group psychology course at Linköping University. The students are enrolled in the psychologist programme - a five-year educational programme that results in students becoming licensed psychologists – which uses problem-based learning (PBL) throughout its entirety. PBL is a pedagogical approach that is based on problem-solving, self-directed learning and group interaction. The group selection exercise involves: a lecture, the group-selection exercise (in which students must allocate themselves into groups of 6-8 people on the basis of their existing knowledge of group psychology theory), a whole-class reflection and finally a focused reflection on the task in their newly formed groups. This paper will report on each part of this task and will discuss how it enables students to put their understanding of group psychological theory into practice.

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2017.
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psychological literacy, social pstchology, group psychology, group selection
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-141203OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-141203DiVA: diva2:1144630
Conference
European Psychology Learning and Teaching, europlat, the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria, 18-20 September 2017.
Available from: 2017-09-26 Created: 2017-09-26 Last updated: 2017-10-13Bibliographically approved

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