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Ch 7: Perception and Attribution: Lesson Plans

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The Perception and Attribution chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach theories behind attribution as well as errors in perception in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Perception and Attribution chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Perceptual influences and errors in perception Perceivers, awareness, thought patterns, the three major influential factors, halo effect, central tendency, stereotyping
Tuesday Impression management Sycophant, formal manipulator, direct liar
Wednesday Attribution Internal and external interpretation and relation, consistency
Thursday Attributional bias Attributional bias, self-serving bias, fundamental attribution inaccuracies
Friday Cultural perceptions of time, power and communication Monochronic and polychronic time, power distance, formal and informal power, low context and high context cultures

8 Lessons in Chapter 7: Perception and Attribution: Lesson Plans
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Factors that Influence Perception in the Workplace

1. Factors that Influence Perception in the Workplace

Perception is something that each of us deals with. It has long been said that perception is reality, and in many ways it is. In this lesson we will discuss how factors that influence perception can impact our workplace.

Perceptual Errors in the Workplace: Factors that Distort Perception

2. Perceptual Errors in the Workplace: Factors that Distort Perception

Perceptual errors are present all around us. What we think, see, or believe about an issue or person is not always correct. This is due to perceptual errors. In this lesson, we will look at the factors that distort perception to help you identify them.

The Theory of Attribution In Organizational Behavior: Definition and Three Determinants

3. The Theory of Attribution In Organizational Behavior: Definition and Three Determinants

We all view situations and individuals in different ways, but I bet you never knew there were specific reasons why your mind thinks the way it does. In this lesson, we will address why you interpret people or situations the way you do by explaining attribution theory.

Attributional Bias in the Workplace: Self-Serving Bias and Fundamental Attribution Error

4. Attributional Bias in the Workplace: Self-Serving Bias and Fundamental Attribution Error

At times, we all interpret individuals or situations with bias or errors. In this lesson, we will point out two aspects of attributional bias and how they can impact how you view or interpret either a person or a situation.

Cultural Perceptions of Time in Organizations: Monochronic and Polychronic Time

5. Cultural Perceptions of Time in Organizations: Monochronic and Polychronic Time

Different cultures view time and how it is used in a work environment differently. Some cultures view time as being very concrete and formal, while others view it as just a part of their overall lives. These two perspectives can and do clash when it comes to a business environment.

Cultural Perceptions of Power in Organizations: Low and High Power Distance

6. Cultural Perceptions of Power in Organizations: Low and High Power Distance

Throughout the world, individuals have perceptions of how power is distributed. Some believe it is distributed equally, and some do not. That perspective also carries over into how they view power (and the types of power) that are distributed in an organization.

Cultural Perceptions of Communication in Organizations: Low Context and High Context

7. Cultural Perceptions of Communication in Organizations: Low Context and High Context

Cultures have different perspectives regarding how to communicate. That doesn't necessarily mean words or phrases but the format or structure to that communication. Some are specific and pointed while others believe there is an inherent understanding present. We will discuss this issue here.

Impression Management in Organizations: Definition, Techniques & Examples

8. Impression Management in Organizations: Definition, Techniques & Examples

If you've ever fibbed to get your way or withheld the truth so a friend wouldn't get in trouble, you were likely using impression management. In this lesson, you'll learn about impression management and some of its techniques.

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