In episode 16 — the first of season two of Knights Do That — we speak with Michele Gill, a professor of educational psychology in the College of Community Innovation and Education. She shares her research in conceptual change and implicit beliefs, which play a role in what we value and how we create change in what we believe. In this episode, Gill shares her insights on how we can create new habits and resolutions, how we can stick to these resolutions and her expertise in educational psychology.
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Michele Gill: So our beliefs about what the world is, what’s important to us, what we value that will shape what kind of habits we want to choose and what we find with New Year’s resolutions.
If you pick something that’s not really of your belief system that you haven’t somehow shifted your identity to adopt, those habits will tend to fade over time. So what the habit researchers are saying, it has to be an identity shift, has to be a change of those implicit beliefs about what you value and what’s important to you in the world and who you hang out with.
Alex Cumming: Welcome back to Knights Do That and happy new year. As we entered 2022 with fresh minds and new resolutions, I wanted to bring Michele Gill in as our first guest on season two. A professor of educational psychology, Michelle examines conceptual change and implicit beliefs in which our beliefs play a role in what we value and how we create change in what we believe. In this episode, Michele shares her insights on how we can create new habits and resolutions, how we can stick to these new resolutions and her expertise in educational psychology. Now let’s get right into it.
Michele Gill: So I was a public school teacher for a while, for about five years, and I was very interested in the problems of education. I kept wanting to learn more about them, so I decided I needed to go to graduate school and wasn’t sure what to study. And I read different journal articles and I found the field of educational psychology, which is the psychology of learning and instruction. And it was exactly what I wanted to know. It helped me learn how to be a better teacher and how to help my students learn. And now we do that at UCF. I teach mostly teachers or people in industry who are in training positions, who are wanting to help their employees, their clients learn better.