Inside Learning Podcast with Elliot Aronson – inventor of the Jigsaw Classroom

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This months Inside Learning podcast features the author, scholar and inventor of the Jigsaw Classroom Elliot Aronson. He is the author of the Social Animal which  is widely used and highly regarded for its pedagogical innovations.

In this enlightening and humorous interview with our host Aidan Cullen, Elliot tells the story of his experiences of anti-Semitism as a young child of 9 years old which helped shape his interest in psychology later. He went on to study how empathy and cooperation in classroom leads to a better learning environment for students which continues through to their attitude to the world around them. A lesson not lost considering the state of the world today.

Senior Researcher Pablo Alvarez Castro of Learnovate also discusses his own experience with Jigsaw Classroom techniques and how this is reflected in his work with Learnovate members and clients every day.

Inside Learning explores the power of learning to unlock human potential and is hosted by author, speaker, coach and broadcaster Aidan McCullen.

Aidan interviews global experts in the science of learning and the future of work to educate, entertain and inform us all on the power of learning.

Listen to the Inside Learning podcast below or on your favourite podcast platform Spotify, Stitcher, Deezer, Listen Notes, Podbean

About Elliot Aronson

Elliot Aronson is an American psychologist who has carried out experiments on the theory of cognitive dissonance and invented the Jigsaw Classroom, a cooperative teaching technique that facilitates learning while reducing interethnic hostility and prejudice.

In his 1972 social psychology textbook, The Social Animal, he stated his First Law: “People who do crazy things are not necessarily crazy,” thus asserting the importance of situational factors in bizarre behaviour.

He is the only person in the 120-year history of the American Psychological Association to have won all three of its major awards: for writing, for teaching, and for research. In 2007 he received the William James Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Association for Psychological Science, in which he was cited as the scientist who “fundamentally changed the way we look at everyday life.” A Review of General Psychology survey, published in 2002, ranked him as one of the most cited psychologist of the 20th century.

He officially retired in 1994 but continues to teach and write.

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