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    Introduction to Social Change Paper

    - Begin developing a definition of social change in the context of educational psychology.
    - Begin considering motivational theory(ies) that support your definition of social change.
    - Identify a social issue within an educational context, the motivational-change that needs to occur related to this issue, and the population affected by the issue. Also consider the motivational theory(ies) you would apply to this issue to effect social change and why it/they are most appropriate.
    - Consider how you would initiate this change process for your selected issue, based on the theory you identified.

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    Introduction to Social Change

    Begin developing a definition of social change in the context of educational psychology.

    A working definition may be: Social Change is about changing people; and within the context of Educational Psychology, it's about changing learners in terms of what is learned; how learning occurs in different modalities (i.e. Educational Technology, Traditional Classroom with Teacher & Student or Distant Learning via the World Wide Web; Instructional Design; Curriculum Development; Special Education for those with Disabilities, Advanced or Gifted Learners; & Business or Organizational Learning), and where learning occurs in different cultures or environments.

    - The definition for Educational Psychology: "Educational psychology is devoted to the study of how people learn including individual differences in learning, gifted learners, learning disabilities."
    Link: http://psychology.about.com/od/educationalpsychology/f/educational-psychology.htm

    - According to the Sociology Guide, "Social change may take place when humans need change; when the existing social system or network of social institutions fails to meet the existing human needs; and when new materials suggest better ways of meeting human needs."
    Link: http://www.sociologyguide.com/education/education-and-social-change.php

    - Check out the History of Educational Psychology
    http://web.cortland.edu/andersmd/history.html

    Begin considering motivational theory(ies) that support your definition of social change.

    What theories would support the above definition? Firstly, Westmont.edu references a number of Motivational Theories:
    Link: http://www.westmont.edu/~bsmith/general/lectureoutlines/11motivation/theoriesmotivation.html

    Two Motivational Theories that support the definition of social change include: (1) Incentive Theory in that learners will learn if ...

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    The following solution assists with developing an introduction to Social Change research paper, and discusses how to:
    - Begin developing a definition of social change in the context of educational psychology.
    - Begin considering motivational theory(ies) that support your definition of social change.
    - Identify a social issue within an educational context, the motivational-change that needs to occur related to this issue, and the population affected by the issue. Also consider the motivational theory(ies) you would apply to this issue to effect social change and why it/they are most appropriate.
    - Consider how you would initiate this change process for your selected issue, based on the theory you identified.

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