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Where’s The Logic In Being Illogical?. Tamie Saffell , M.A. Western Oregon University NACADA Region 8 Conference, Anchorage, AK April 29-May 1 . Presentation Overview. Discuss choices our students are making Introduce Schwartz’s theory on how we make decisions

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where s the logic in being illogical

Where’s The Logic In Being Illogical?

Tamie Saffell, M.A.

Western Oregon University

NACADA Region 8 Conference, Anchorage, AK

April 29-May 1

presentation overview
Presentation Overview
  • Discuss choices our students are making
  • Introduce Schwartz’s theory on how we make decisions
  • Case study using the decision making theory
  • The “Wise Choice Process”
  • Questions
as we start think about this question
As we start, think about this question:
  • What are some of the choices your students make each day?
studying
Studying
  • What are some of the choices students make instead of Studying?
slide5

The quality of your life is determined by the quality of the choices you make on a daily basis. (Skip Downing, On Course)

a tale of two books
A Tale of Two Books
  • The Paradox of Choice: How More is Less by Barry Schwartz (2004)
  • On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life. Study Skills Plus Edition by Skip Downing (2011)
elements of choice
Elements of Choice
  • A choice begins with the question:
  • What do I want?
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Purpose of dialogue:

  • Accurately anticipate how the choice will make us feel
choice is based on
Choice is based on:
  • Remembered utility: how we view the past experience
  • Expected utility: based on our past experience and anticipation
  • Experienced utility: the actual event and how it makes you feel
peak end rule
Peak—End Rule
  • Remembered experience is based on:
  • Feelings at peak of experience—good/bad
  • Feelings at the end of the experience
  • Summary of the two events
loss aversion
Loss Aversion
  • We don’t like to give up or lose something
the wise choice process
The Wise Choice Process
  • What’s my present situation?
  • How would I like my situation to be?
  • What are my possible choices?
  • What’s the likely outcome of each possible choice
  • Which choice(s) will I commit to doing?
  • When and how will I evaluate my plan?
recap
Recap
  • Find the illogical choice
  • Determine remembered utility
  • Discover what the student feels s/he is giving up
  • Help student reframe
  • Use the Wise Choice Process as a frame work for the discussion
references
References
  • Downing, S. (2011). On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life. MA: Wadsworth-Cengage Learning.
  • Schwartz, B. (2004). The Paradox of Choice: Why more is Less. New York: ECCO.
  • Image: 'Lonely in golden place!' http://www.flickr.com/photos/51813223@N00/2258984128Found on flickrcc.net