Psychology: Collaborative Scientific Experiment (Critical Thinking Activity)

Psychology: Collaborative Scientific Experiment (Critical Thinking Activity)
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This is a brand new, graphic and detailed 2013 PDF printable critical thinking and collaboration activity in a Psychology and/or Biology classroom. With this activity, students are provided step-by-step critical thinking questions with which they will create a scientific experiment to attempt establishing a causal relationship on paper only in your classroom. The objective here is to determine whether students are understanding the process by which psychologists create experiments to test hypotheses; to that end, students are to identify not only where, when, and why they wish to create this experiment, but what the independent and dependent variables will be, who the control group will be, and how to control for experimental effects &/or biases were they to actually conduct this experiment. Students will work in collaborative teams, thus targeting Common Core expectations for collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking, and more! This activity would also work well following the Creating a Survey to Establish Correlation activity in my store.

This can be a remarkably handy printable for you in your Psychology class to formatively assess student understanding, application, and synthesis of the scientific method in your Psychology course -- without actually having to create the scientific experiment for students to conduct it (on the flip side, you could attempt to have the students carry out what they vote on as the "best" or most applicable experiment -- your choice). Thank you for visiting my store, and I look forward to your feedback!
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2 days
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