Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2017

Publication Title

Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Volume

17

Issue

4

First Page

95

Last Page

103

DOI

10.14434/josotl.v17i4.21978

ISSN

1527-9316

Keywords

attachment theory, altruism, teaching, race, ethnicity, racism, Top Hat Monocle

Abstract

In this brief report, we examine whether students’ (N=230) willingness to help individuals in distress (altruism) would be augmented after viewing Secure Attachment Messages (SAM) during lecture in a college racism course. Students were presented with SAM in alternating weeks as part of the PowerPoint presentation slides. In each of the weeks, their likelihood of engaging in altruistic behaviors was assessed using hypothetical scenarios and a student response system, Top Hat Monocle. We predicted that the SAM would prompt students to think of their attachment figures and enhance their feelings of security, which would increase their willingness to engage in altruistic behaviors. Our hypothesis was statistically supported in that students reported greater altruism towards individuals of various ethnic backgrounds on days for which SAM were shown in lecture. The results suggest that SAM may promote prosocial tendencies, particularly in courses with sensitive subject matter.

Comments

Originally published online: Campbell, K., & Ramos, S. (2017). Enhancing student altruism using Secure Attachment Messages (SAM) in lecture. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 17(4), 95-103. doi: 10.14434/josotl.v17i4.21978

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