Psychology in Action

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Questions for Class Discussion 1. The scale was introduced in 1966. What changes have occurred in the dominant American culture that might affect the results? 2. What are three possible causes for the differences in the male and female scores? 3. Would the results of this scale be considered reliable when given to a multicultural group? Why or why not? Instructor’s Resource Guide                              Chapter 13                                         Page   170
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   W riting P roject Writing Project 13.1 Given the need for improved writing skills in our college students, and to respond to the call for "writing across the curriculum," we offer writing projects for each chapter. In Chapter Thirteen, we suggest a 2-3 page written response to the following activity. Recognizing the time involved in grading such writing projects, one alternative is occasionally to assign "peer grading." Collect the papers, remove student names, and assign each student a paper to grade. It helps to make their participation in peer grading part of the overall points for the writing project. This encourages a more thoughtful and responsible evaluation, as well as acknowledging and rewarding the additional work. To augment your presentation on Maslow, discuss "peak experiences" and then ask students to respond to the assignment on Handout 13.1 - Writing Project. The wording is taken from Maslow's questionnaire which he used to collect similar written accounts from college students (Maslow, 1962). Students generally enjoy this writing assignment. It allows them to reminisce about the happiest times of their life. Instructor’s Resource Guide                              Chapter 13                                         Page   171
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H andout 13.1 - Writing P roject Peak Experiences Think of the most wonderful experience of your life; the happiest moments, ecstatic moments, moments of rapture, perhaps from being in love, or from listening to music or suddenly "being hit" by a book or painting, or from some creative moment. Describe this time in careful detail, and discuss how you might increase your opportunities for more "peak experiences." Your paper should be approximately two to three typewritten pages in length. Instructor’s Resource Guide                              Chapter 13                                         Page   172
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