Chapter 17. Why We Believe: Fostering Critical Thought and Scientific Literacy in Research Methods

  1. Dana S. Dunn PhD, BA social psychologist professor director Fellow Chair2,
  2. Jane S. Halonen clinical psychologist Dean leader Director Fellow president academic consultant department reviewer Chief Reader3 and
  3. Randolph A. Smith doctorate Professor Chair Fellow member President4
  1. Bernard C. Beins

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305173.ch17

Teaching Critical Thinking in Psychology: A Handbook of Best Practices

Teaching Critical Thinking in Psychology: A Handbook of Best Practices

How to Cite

Beins, B. C. (2008) Why We Believe: Fostering Critical Thought and Scientific Literacy in Research Methods, in Teaching Critical Thinking in Psychology: A Handbook of Best Practices (eds D. S. Dunn, J. S. Halonen and R. A. Smith), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305173.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, USA

  2. 3

    University of West Florida, USA

  3. 4

    Lamar University, USA

Author Information

  1. Ithaca College, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 5 SEP 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405174022

Online ISBN: 9781444305173

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Keywords:

  • critical thinking comprising formulating questions clearly;
  • ways in which psychology promotes scientific literacy;
  • why we believe - fostering scientific thought;
  • fixing beliefs - by virtue of someone's status as an authority;
  • a priori method;
  • scientific method;
  • popular media providing stream of stories about scientific findings;
  • different goals of scientific and journalistic writing;
  • evaluating popular media

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Critical Thinking

  • Does Psychology Promote Scientific Literacy?

  • Examples of Different Modes of Belief

  • The a Priori Method

  • The Popular Media

  • Assessment

  • Conclusion

  • References