Friday, March 11, 2011

Bystander Intervention Lesson Plan

Danni Gilbert from Idaho sent us this detailed lesson plan for teaching Bystander Intervention (Thanks Danni!). That link takes you to a page that includes a detailed description of the lesson, including all the materials you need and a good description of how the lesson authors incorporated assessments into the activity in order to see what learning occurred as a result of the activity (which, as an assessment-geek, I LOVE to see!). It looks like the lesson could easily be extended to include fundamental attribution error and other social psych concepts. Good stuff!

A previous post on this blog includes other resources that might be useful in teaching about the Bystander effect, including a list of videos (note: I checked some of the links to videos and it looks like some of them might be broken now, but most work).

Many folks use the tragic story of Kitty Genovese's murder to explore the potential dangers of bystander effect, and this summary of Darley and Latane's original research is pretty accessible reading for psych students.

posted by Rob McEntarffer


Lucie said...
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Anonymous said...

This blog is awesome! I've been looking through a lot of the old posts. :) I am a high school student (12th grade) looking for psychology research and/or experiment ideas for a psychology class in which I have a lot of freedom to choose what I do. I am the only one taking the class from this teacher and I get to help with the curriculum, but I'm having a hard time finding materials. Do you know any projects or experiments that a high school student could do? Something more sophisticated than asking people to read words in different colors, for example, but something that would still be feasible to do without a lot of money. I really want to make the most of this opportunity, and I can devote a lot of time and energy to it. Any ideas would help. Thank you! :)