Tangible vs. Conceptual
Identify/Generate the principle
Time: 30 minutes
This activity works well either as a way to introduce the principle,
or as a later review of the principle.
Brainstorm a list of problems facing UVA first-years. What bad
things happen that are a result of those problems? What good things
could happen if the problems were fixed? What should students/parents/profs/administrators
do to fix them?
Leave these answers up on the board.
Then, brainstorm a list of misconceptions about the first year
of college. What bigger misconceptions about college (or young
adults) do those misconceptions feed into? What new, correct conceptions
should students/parents/profs/administrators hold? Put these responses
up on the board.
Take a look at both sets of responses. Explain that the first set
of answers represents a tangible problem statement:attempts to
change the ways that people act in the world. The second set of
answers represents a conceptual problem statement: attempts to
change the ways that people think. (Obviously, conceptual problems
can eventually lead to tangible changes.)