Minority Influence and Social Change: Jamie Oliver’s Latest Campaign

About 10 years ago, Chef and TV personality Jamie Oliver led a successful campaign to improve the quality and nutritional value of school dinners. The TV series aired in 2005 (“Jamie’s School Dinners”) played a significant part in changes being made to the policies surrounding the content of school lunches across the country. This campaign… Read More Minority Influence and Social Change: Jamie Oliver’s Latest Campaign

Would you rather…? Six more starters for AS Psychology and an end of term activity

Some more ideas for “would you rather…?” discussion activity In my most recent post (see post 9/10/12) I explained how a simple decision making game could have the potential to make an effective lesson starter/plenary or revision activity for developing thinking skills in the context of A Level Psychology. Evaluation skills In the game, a… Read More Would you rather…? Six more starters for AS Psychology and an end of term activity

A thinking starter for each AS topic: “would you rather…?”

Evaluation with a twist “Would you rather…?” is a game played in social and educational settings. It involves having to choose between 2 options where there is an element of difficulty in making the choice and where there is likely to be a difference of opinion (for example: would you rather be the most attractive… Read More A thinking starter for each AS topic: “would you rather…?”

Use a listening game to improve discussion and debating skills

Listening skills After watching sound engineer, and all round sound expert, Julian Treasure’s TED Talk entitled “5 ways to listen better” I came across a game called Sound Ball that he featured in a post on his blog (August 2011). The post included a description of 5 games, sent to Julian by musician and music teacher… Read More Use a listening game to improve discussion and debating skills

Locus of Control: Rotter reflects on his work on Radio 4’s Mind Changers

Mind Changers The excellent Radio 4 Mind Changers series explored, earlier this year, the impact of Julian Rotter’s (surprisingly pronounced Roter) concept of Locus of Control.  In the programme (made available online from 30th April 2012) Rotter, now in his 90’s, talks with great modesty about the origins and impact of his work. Presenter Claudia… Read More Locus of Control: Rotter reflects on his work on Radio 4’s Mind Changers