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Wiggins, Sally; Chiriac, Eva Hammar; Abbad, Gunvor Larsson; Pauli, Regina; Worrell, Marcia – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2016
Problem-based learning (PBL) is an internationally recognised pedagogical approach that is implemented within a number of disciplines. The relevance and uptake of PBL in psychology has to date, however, received very limited attention. The aim of this paper is therefore to review published accounts of how PBL is being used to deliver psychology…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Psychology, Literature Reviews, Teaching Methods
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Hendry, Gillian; Wiggins, Sally; Anderson, Tony – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2016
Research has shown that educators may be reluctant to implement group work in their teaching due to concerns about students partaking in off-task behaviours. However, such off-task interactions have been shown to promote motivation, trust, and rapport-building. This paper details a study in which student groups were video recorded as they engaged…
Descriptors: Group Unity, Problem Based Learning, Tutorial Programs, Teaching Methods
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Rosander, Michael; Chiriac, Eva Hammar – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2016
The aim of this study was to investigate how first-year students view the purpose of tutorial groups in problem-based learning. In all, 147 students from 24 groups participated, providing 399 statements. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. The results showed a focus on both learning and social influence. Learning involved the tutorial as…
Descriptors: Social Influences, Problem Based Learning, Group Dynamics, Data Analysis
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Christensen, Gerd – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2016
The aim of this paper is to demonstrate how poststructuralism and social constructionism can contribute to the empirical research on groups in problem-based learning (PBL). The paper outlines the analytical complexity and shows, through empirical examples, the potentials and limitations of this perspective as an alternative to traditional group…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Postmodernism, Problem Based Learning, Constructivism (Learning)
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Chen, Ruth – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2016
Problem-based learning (PBL) courses have historically been situated in physical classrooms involving in-person interactions. As online learning is embraced in higher education, programs that use PBL can integrate online platforms to support curriculum delivery and facilitate student engagement. This report describes student perspectives of the…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Cognitive Processes, Difficulty Level, Electronic Learning
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Hussey, Heather D.; Richmond, Aaron S.; Fleck, Bethany – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2015
Instructional design for psychology courses is ever changing. Recently, there has been an explosion of scholarly literature related to flipped classroom pedagogy in higher education. This essentially entails inverting a course so that lectures are viewed outside of class, and class time is devoted to active learning through activities such as…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Psychology, Blended Learning, Educational Technology
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Dietrich, Heike; Zhang, Ying; Klopp, Eric; Brünken, Roland; Krause, Ulrike-Marie; Spinath, Frank M.; Stark, Robin; Spinath, Birgit – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2015
The aim of the present study was to introduce a general theoretical model of scientific competencies in higher education and to adapt it to three social sciences, namely psychology, sociology, and political science, by providing evidence from expert interviews and program regulations. Within our general model, we distinguished and specified four…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Sciences, Higher Education, Scientific Literacy
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Drechsel, Barbara; Breunig, Katharina; Thurn, Daniela; Basten, Johanna – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2014
The report portrays a theory-practice psychology course on reading education in a German teacher education programme. Having completed a theoretical course phase that is largely based on knowledge from cognitive and educational psychology, pre-service student-teachers applied their acquired knowledge by working with a fifth-grader in five…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Instruction, Teacher Education Programs, Higher Education
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Hellmann, Jens H.; Paus, Elisabeth; Jucks, Regina – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2014
Seeing the need to change parts of one's teaching project may be the starting point for scholars to seek inspiration and guidance from educational psychologists for innovation in their teaching. In this report, the authors address the question of how educational psychologists can assist lecturers in higher education with the implementation of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Psychology, Instructional Innovation, Instructional Improvement
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Green, Heather J.; Hood, Michelle – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2013
Beliefs about the nature of knowledge, termed "epistemological beliefs", are relevant to understanding educational strategies of both learners and teachers. Epistemological beliefs arguably have particular relevance in the discipline and profession of psychology, due to an emphasis on integration of knowledge from multiple theoretical…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Student Attitudes, Psychology, Educational Strategies
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Marques, J. Frederico – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2013
The present article examines how different institutions that offer psychology study cycles across Europe have adopted quality principles and have taken up particular quality assurance initiatives to raise standards and enhance quality. Thirty-eight different institutions from 32 countries who were members of a European psychology network responded…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Psychology, Higher Education, Quality Assurance
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Clarke, Simon P.; Holttum, Sue – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2013
This study investigated both negative and positive staff perspectives of service user involvement on two clinical psychology training courses as part of an ongoing process of service evaluation. Ten clinical psychology staff from two training courses were interviewed over the telephone by a current trainee clinical psychologist using a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Clinical Psychology, Employee Attitudes, Program Evaluation
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Heigl, Nicole Romana; Thomas, Joachim – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2013
Graduates expect higher education to provide both subject-specific knowledge as well as cross-curricular competencies in order to handle new and unknown situations in their professional life. In this regard, it is problematic that the latter construct is still both theoretically and empirically vague. In addition, concerning the fostering of…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Problem Solving, Metacognition, Higher Education
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Duro, Elaine; Elander, James; Maratos, Frances A.; Stupple, Edward J. N.; Aubeeluck, Aimee – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2013
This qualitative study of understandings of critical thinking in higher education aimed to identify themes that could help to demystify critical thinking and inform its more explicit incorporation in the psychology curriculum. Data collected from focus groups with 26 undergraduate psychology students and individual semistructured interviews with 4…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Teaching Methods, Higher Education, Semi Structured Interviews