Innovative Teaching Ideas - Environmental Psychology
The Theory Book - AN EXERCISE IN CRITICAL OBSERVATION & PEER-TO-PEER LEARNING
Students are assigned one of five theories and are asked to examine the same space through the lens of their assigned theory. At the end of the project they are required to teach their peers about their respective theories and how they manifest within the assigned space. To do so, the students conduct simple photo ethnography exercises and behavioral mapping observations. Then, depending on their assigned theory the students are required to answer specific prompts about the space. They compile these answers with corresponding evidence (i.e. photos, sketches, and diagrams) and offer suggestions for improvement. Answers and evidence are assembled into a booklet or presentation (instructor’s choice). As the students are all observing the same space, but have different lenses for observation, the assignment provides opportunity for comparison and discussion.
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