Six Different Modules Get Students Thinking
Would you like stimulating materials developed to help your students think
precisely and openly about human relations? In all modules the approach is empathetic, nonsectarian and stresses
critical thinking. Psychological methods of persuasion are studied. Each
module has at least three booklets totaling 150-200 pages (e.g., student text,
teacher's guide, readings and activity materials).
This introductory unit concentrates on thinking faults that plague young
people's work. There are lessons on overgeneralization, singular causation,
crowd appeal, illogical analogies, "either/or" and "slippery slope" thinking,
manipulative word play, authority posturing, and various number games.
- Thirteen Logical Fallacies
- Using Fallacy Information
- Lying and Logical Thought
|Student Text, 57 pages |
|Student Applications and |
|Teacher's Manuals, 132 pages|
PREJUDICE IN GROUP RELATIONS
This study is based upon sociological and psychological findings of scholars
starting with Gordon Allport (The Nature of Prejudice).
- How Persons Are Grouped
- Prejudice-An Overview
- Prejudice-A Dissection
- Effects of Prejudice
- Taking a Stand
|Student Text, 62 pages |
|Activities Booklets and |
|Teacher's Manuals,151 pages|
THINKING ABOUT RELIGION
(from a Global Perspective)
Here students put their own life-philosophies into a world-wide context.
The unit is an expansion of, but not a substitute for, basic moral training.
- The Religious View of Life
- New Religions
- Religions and Morality
- Religion and Science
- Religion and Human Life
- A Historical Review
- Getting Together
|Student Text, 52 pages |
|Analysis Materials and |
|Teacher's Manual, 89 pages|
THE FAMILY: A STUDY OF GROUP LIVING
The unit begins with an anthropologist's perspective on understanding family
forms. The focus then shifts to durable relationships in the United States.
Students learn what people often mean when they say, "I love you!" as well as
what they should mean if children are involved.
- Historical and Global Overview
- Love as Personal Attraction
|Student Text, 51 pages |
|Activities, 90 pages and |
|Teacher's Material, Three Separate Booklets|
THINKING ABOUT THE "MYSTERIOUS"
This unit helps students to understand occult and psychic subterfuge. Along
with text work on such nonscientific practices as astrology, they learn to
perform simple conjuring tricks that charlatans often use. They research
particular questionable methodologies from a rational perspective. The unit
includes a lesson on "calendar occultism."
- The Occult
- The Psychics
- Calendar Study
|Student Text in Three Parts, 32 pages |
|Teacher's Manuals, 43 pages and |
|"Skeptoon: An Illustrated Look at Some New Age Beliefs, 75 page
WAYS TO INFLUENCE PEOPLE: FOUR MODELS
Students compare intellectual persuasion with propaganda, direct-action
demonstrations, and "animal-like training" techniques. They analyze advertising
techniques and learn how to participate in family, school and community
decision-making in ways unlikely to backfire. Influencing children is a
- Intellectual Persuasion
- Demonstration (Direct Action)
- Animal-like Training
|Student Text, 78 pages |
|Activities, 63 pages and |
|Teacher's Manual, 21 pages|