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Week 4, Ed Foundations, 2012
Socio-emotional and moral development
Complete one of the following tasks
which you find RELEVANT to your current course of thinking in relation to the 9 provocations
1. Is positive thinking enough?
This television show for kids bills itself as “the latest kid’s show that builds self-esteem in children and creates confident kids.” Is it true that if you have trouble doing something, all you have to do is believe you can do it, and you can? Is this an effective way to help teach children about positive self-esteem? (
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2. Understanding bullies and cyber bullying
Watch the 730 report on cyberbullying and write about these questions:
a) Research has shown that aggressive behaviour in students is often associated with low self-concept; and that bullies often do not have the socially valued ways to develop positive self-concept (Staub, 1999). How do you interpret this in relation to the fact that bullies are sometimes very popular among students?
b) With the development of modern technology and social media, bullying has taken on a more implicit nature, as opposed to the explicit bullying in the form of causing physical harm. How do you explain the inter-relationship between technology and implicit bullying?
Staub, E. (1999) The roots of eveil: social conditions, culture, personality and basic human needs,
Personality and Social Psychology Review
, 3, pp.179-192.
3. The self according to Freud
This clip is an excerpt of an old educational film about Sigmund Freud's notion of the self as a triadic structure of the id, ego, and superego. Dramatising the Oedipus complex, the video shows an individual's sense of morality is shaped by their childhood experience of their parents' values.
What implications does Freud's psychoanalytic theory have for education in general and classroom instructions in particular?
4. Self-efficacy about teaching
Self-efficacy is a context-specific belief about one's own capacity. To understand one's self-efficacy, it is important to identify the
in your areas of strenghts as this will shed light on how your self-efficacy was originated and can be transferred to other areas of performance.
For example, if sports is the area where you have strong performance and high capacity, some of the core, deeper elements underlying good physical skills may include: good mind-body coordination; good self-awareness of the body and its movement; awareness of how the body interacts with the environment; and knowledge of how to build on the strengths and continue to develop in physical skills, that is, self-regulative and self-guided learning strategies.
The identification of the fundamental aspects is important because it provides a link between your stronger and weaker areas of performance.
Now think about this question, what are the fundamental aspects in good teaching (e.g., mastery of disciplinary content; self-reflection; social skills; public speaking, etc)? Are there connections between good teaching and an area in which you have high self-efficacy?
5. Social skills in learning
Design a cooperative learning activity for students in your curriculum area. What social skills are required for students to participate in this activity? How will you address the ncessary skill development for your students? Can you outline a set of 'social skills tips' for your students that explicitly explains and coaches the required interpersonal skills in cooperative learning?
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