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How to Theorize: A one-day workshop on critical and creative theory generation

Die Fachgruppe konnte durch die Vermittlung von Maxie Schulte Prof. Martijn van Zomeren für einen 1-Tages-Workshop zum Thema “ How to Theorize: A one-day workshop on critical and creative theory generation“ in Bielefeld, in Kooperation mit dem Institut für interdisziplinäre Konflikt und Gewaltforschung und der Fachhochschule Bielefeld, gewinnen. In dem Workshop wird es um kreatives und theoriebasiertes (Be-)Forschen und Weiterentwickeln von Theorien gehen.

Der Workshop findet am 05.02.19 von 9:00 – 16:00 Uhr in Bielefeld in englischer Sprache statt. Der genaue Ort wird noch bekannt gegeben. Die Fachgruppe kann sechs Plätze für diesen Workshop vergeben. Bedingung für die Teilnahme an dem Workshop ist eine laufende oder abgeschlossene Promotion im Bereich Umweltpsychologie. Die Plätze werden nach der Reihenfolge der Anmeldung vergeben (ggf. gibt es eine Warteliste). Anmeldungen, inklusive einer kurzen Information zum Stand der Dissertation oder Post-Doc, bitte an: maxie.schulte@fh-bielefeld.de

Martijn van Zomeren ist einer der führenden Sozialpsychologen in der Forschung zu kollektiven Aktionen und der Psychologie der Transformation und arbeitet aktiv an der Theorieentwicklung in diesem Bereich. Zusätzlich wird er am Nachmittag vor dem Workshop seine aktuelle Forschung in einen Vortrag vorstellen (04.02.19). Weitere Informationen zur Person: https://www.rug.nl/staff/m.van.zomeren/

Sollte eine Übernachtung notwendig sein, wird das Gästehaus der Uni Bielefeld empfohlen: http://www.boardinghouse-campus-bielefeld.de/index.php?id=622

Anbei findet Ihr/ finden Sie die Beschreibung des Workshops.

How to Theorize: A one-day workshop on critical and creative theory generation

Research master and PhD curricula typically focus on teaching students how to do research, but fail to include training on how to theorize. However, the latter is absolutely pivotal because theorizing is essential to interpreting any research finding. Specifically, being trained in both critical and creative theorizing will make one’s research designs stronger and the resulting findings more meaningful. This one-day workshop addresses the question of how to theorize through a focused and critical, but also creative and interactive approach. Its main message is that, much like doing research, theorizing is something that is fun, interactive, and inherently social. As such it can be learned through exercise and training. In the workshop, we will focus on introspectively and collectively defining core concepts in the social sciences (Socratic Dialogue technique); and on using helpful tools to creatively generate hypotheses (McGuire’s heuristics). Through this hands-on approach, this workshop hopes to generate curiosity about and insights into how to theorize.

Readings
Gergen, K. (1973). Social psychology as history. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 26, 309-320.
Kruglanski, A. W. (2001). “That vision thing”: The state of theory in social and personality psychology at the edge of the new millennium. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 80, 871-875.

McGuire, W. J. (1973). The Yin and Yang of progress in social psychology: Seven koan. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 26, 446-456.
McGuire, W. J. (1997). Creative hypothesis generation in psychology: Some useful heuristics. Annual Review of Psychology, 48, 1-30.

Optional readings (not covered in the one-day workshop):

Slife, B. D. & Williams, R. N. (2005). What’s behind the research? Discovering hidden assumptions in the behavioral sciences. Sage: London.

Yanchar, S. C & Slife, B. (2004). Teaching critical thinking by examining assumptions. Teaching of Psychology, 31, 85-90.


 International Conference on Environmental Psychology

Die nächste Fachgruppentagung findet vom 4.-6. September 2019 in Plymouth, UK statt. Weitere Information folgt.

wichtige Information:

Dear Colleagues:

As many of you already know, the Division of Environmental Psychology 
(Division 4 - IAAP) has assumed responsibility for a biennial 
conference series, the International Conference on Environmental 
Psychology. The first conference held under the auspices of 
Division 4 took place in A Coruna, Spain in 2017, and I know that 
many of you attended and enjoyed that conference. The next 
conference in the series will be held in Plymouth, UK, September 
4-6, 2019. You will receive a call for submissions in due time, 
but already at this point I want to warn you about a different 
2019 conference that is also called the International Conference 
on Environmental Psychology (ICEP). Scheduled for dates in May in 
Amsterdam, that conference is organized by WASET, an organization 
that is known for hosting “predatory conferences” (search in 
google on “WASET scam”). I do not recommend it to anyone. The ICEP 
organized by WASET is not in any way connected to or endorsed by 
the IAAP, nor is it organised by any environmental psychology 
group or reputable international/European association that I have 
heard about.


I look forward to seeing you at the ICEP in Plymouth, UK, 
September 4-6, 2019. You will receive more information from the 
organizers - Sabine Pahl and Mathew White - in due time.


Best wishes,

Terry Hartig

President, Division of Environmental Psychology

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