Think a while in my shoes [electronic resource] : perspective taking, studying, and attitudes /Show full item record
|Title||Think a while in my shoes [electronic resource] : perspective taking, studying, and attitudes /|
|Author||Labansat, Heather Ann|
|Description||Title from dissertation title page (viewed Dec. 10, 2007).
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Texas Christian University, 2007.
Department of Psychology; advisor, Donald F. Dansereau.
Includes bibliographical references.
Text (electronic thesis) in PDF.
Perspective taking has shown to be effective in creating new ideas, fostering cooperation, and helping people learn and recall new information. Since having the perspective of another appears to be beneficial; two questions arise, "Could an imaginary team of people promote effective perspective taking" and "How might this process impact learning, attitudes and behavior in regards to information that one is learning?" The current research examined these questions by using three different learning strategies: 1)a Learning Team/ Retrieval Team, 2) a Retrieval Team Only, or 3) the Control strategy in which participants used their typical strategies to learn new information. The Learning Team and Retrieval Team strategy had participants create an "imaginary team" of people whose perspectives they would consider while learning new material. Participants studied material and their test performance, attitudes, and intentions to engage in behavior suggested in the material, were assessed.^The results for test performance indicated that women seemed to be hindered by the Learning Team/Retrieval Team Strategies. Males using the LT/RT or RTO strategies did not appear to be hindered, and at least in the case of the RTO strategy, statements generated during recall were more accurate.There was an impact of using the LT/RT or RTO strategy on male participants' intentions and behavior in regards to the topic they studied: meditation. Males using the LT/RT strategy reported greater intentions to practice meditation than did males in the RTO and control groups. It appears that taking perspectives influenced males' incorporation of the information studied into their lives. Males using the LT/RT study strategy also reported performing more behaviors related to meditation than did male participants who were using their own study strategies.^Females' attitudes regarding meditation and their intentions or behaviors did not seem to be impacted from the use of the LT/RT or RTO strategies. Gender difference findings are discussed. Perspective taking while studying may provide researchers with another tool to facilitate attitude change, and provide educators with suggestions for students who are looking to integrate the information they study into their everyday lives.
Comprehension (Theory of knowledge)
Learning, Psychology of.
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