Assignment: Attitude Adjustment
Assignment: Attitude Adjustment
An attitude is an evaluative reaction (i.e., feelings) that is frequently based on belief and manifested through behavior. In this discussion, we will look at intergroup attitudes through the lenses of stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. Begin by reading “Toward a Relevant Psychology of Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination: Linking Science and Practice to Develop Interventions that Work in Community Settings” (Acevedo-Polakovich, Beck, Hawks, & Ogdie, 2016), “Intergroup Contact Theory” (Pettigrew, 1998), and “Summary and Conclusions” (Acevedo-Polakovich, Beck, Hawks, & Ogdie, 2016 (Sherif, Harvey, Hood, Sherif, & White, 1988). Then, choose a group. Race, gender, social class, nationality, sexual identity, (dis)ability, rural versus urban status, religious belief, incarceration/criminal history, occupational status, victim, military status, and so on are all possible dimensions from which to choose your group.
Attitude Modification Requirements
Give a brief summary of the group and concrete examples to back it up. Summarize social psychological theory and research relevant to the experiences of this target group’s members (e.g., What are the origins of prejudice toward this group? What influences members of this group?, and so on), and explain practical, unique, and specific strategies for improving intergroup relations. Your first post should be 500-1000 words long and include at least three scholarly, peer-reviewed references, as well as any required course resources. Additional credible references are strongly advised.
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CLASS
Discussion Questions (DQ)
- Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, including a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
- Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
- One or two-sentence responses, simple statements of agreement, or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
- I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
- Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
- In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
- Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
- Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality
- Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
- Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
- I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes
- I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’s level and deduct points accordingly.
- As Masters’s level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
- It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
- Assignment: Attitude Adjustment states that For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
- Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
- Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
- Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
- The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
- Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
- If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
- I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
- As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.
- Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
- Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
- Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.
8 Ways to Boost Your Positive Attitude
If you actually want to succeed, the most important thing you can do is cultivate and maintain a good mindset. Opportunities rise and obstacles decrease when you have an optimistic, expectant, and enthusiastic mindset.
A cheerful attitude attracts people to your side and motivates them to accomplish their best work if you’re a leader. A negative leader, on the other hand, can only push people to act via fear.
What’s more, what’s the point of being successful if you’re always miserable? With that in mind, here’s how to keep a positive attitude:
1. Always behave with a goal in mind.
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Before you take any action, consider how it will help you achieve your larger objectives. Remove that action from your to-do list if the connection is poor or non-existent. Undirected activity is a waste of time and energy.
2. Every day, push yourself to new heights.
Even if your same-old, same-old has worked in the past, it’s sad to keep doing the same-old, same-old. Success is similar to athletics in that if you don’t stretch every day, you’ll become slow and brittle over time.
3. Act without waiting for a response.
While it is natural to base decisions and actions on desired outcomes, it is a major mistake to expect such outcomes and then be disappointed when they do not materialize. Take your best shot, but don’t get too focused on the prize.
4. Use setbacks to your advantage in order to improve your skills.
Rather than being disappointed if you fail or are rejected, reflect on your activities and see what (if anything) you can do to improve your results. Remember that the results you obtain are only a guide to the outcomes you desire.
5. Look for people who share your positive outlook.
According to science, your brain naturally imitates the habits of those around you. (This is because of a structure known as a mirror neuron.) As a result, you should associate with those who are optimistic and avoid those who are pessimistic.
6. Try not to be so hard on yourself.
as stated by Assignment: Attitude Modification If you want to be happier and help those around you feel more at ease, learn to laugh at yourself. I guarantee that your coworkers are laughing behind your back if you don’t (or can’t) laugh at yourself!
7. Recognize and respect the limitations of others.
High standards are required, but humans are, after all, human beings. Making yourself unhappy because other people can’t do a job as well as you think they can, or because others don’t share your vision with the same zeal as you is insane.
8. Use the phrase “thank you” more frequently.
To cultivate a “attitude of thankfulness,” you must do more than simply be aware of what is good in your life. You must and should thank others for their gifts to you, even if the gift is as simple as a smile.