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Deibl, Ines; Zumbach, Jörg; Geiger, Viola M.; Neuner, Christine M. – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2018
Teaching of Psychology includes a great variety of topics, course formats, and assessment approaches. A central concept that incorporated the interface between teaching goals, instructional methods, and examination modalities is referred to as Constructive Alignment (CA). This model addresses possible designs of teaching to improve students'…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Test Construction, Questionnaires, Teaching Methods
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Spedding, Jason; Hawkes, Amy J.; Burgess, Matthew – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2017
The initial year of university is often a sensitive period for new students. Commencing students may lack the necessary skills and resources to adapt to unfamiliar learning environments. One intervention demonstrating academic benefits is Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS). PASS is a structured peer led study group where students collectively…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Attendance, Self Efficacy, Student Adjustment
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Karlen, Yves; Compagnoni, Miriam – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2017
Implicit theories about the nature of human attributes as either malleable or fixed influence how people perceive knowledge and approach different tasks. Two studies explored the relationship between implicit theory of writing ability, metacognitive strategy knowledge (MSK), and strategy use in the context of academic writing. The pre-study with N…
Descriptors: Theories, Writing Skills, Metacognition, Academic Discourse
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Griffin, Claire P.; Howard, Siobhán – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2017
Recent years have witnessed a surge in classroom-based pedagogies aimed at targeting student engagement. This paper seeks to report on the design, delivery and small-scale evaluation of a final year undergraduate module in developmental psychology. Adopting a range of innovative teaching/learning methodologies, the author sought to support student…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, College Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Undergraduate Students
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Joyce, Amanda – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2017
Social media is integral to students' lives. Pinterest, an online social network for "Pinning" (sharing) links and images, is the fastest-growing social media tool in history. The purpose of this investigation was to determine the effectiveness of a semester-long active-learning assignment using the Pinterest platform. Forty-nine…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Social Media, Web Sites, Active Learning
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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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Powers, Kasey L.; Brooks, Patricia J.; Galazyn, Magdalena; Donnelly, Seamus – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2016
Online course-packs are marketed as improving grades in introductory-level coursework, yet it is unknown whether these course-packs can effectively replace, as opposed to supplement, in-class instruction. This study compared learning outcomes for Introductory Psychology students in hybrid and traditional sections, with hybrid sections replacing…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Homework
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Goldberg, Robert W.; Young, Kevin R. – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2016
Objective(s): The focus on competency attainment by professional psychology trainees obligates training programs to assess these competencies prior to completion of an internship. However, little is known about how trainees may perceive such testing. This study examines relationships between performance on an Oral Final Competency Examination of a…
Descriptors: Trainees, Student Attitudes, Verbal Tests, Psychology
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Hund, Alycia M.; Bueno, Daisy – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2015
Our goal was to document professional skills and attitudes gained via out-of-class teaching and research experiences during the undergraduate years. Qualitative analysis of reflection papers revealed that students noted gains in professional skills, communication skills, interpersonal skills, and intrapersonal skills. Importantly, students also…
Descriptors: Skill Development, After School Education, Achievement Gains, Professional Education
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Bebermeier, Sarah; Nussbeck, Fridtjof W.; Ontrup, Greta – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2015
Lecturers teaching statistics are faced with several challenges supporting students' learning in appropriate ways. A variety of methods and tools exist to facilitate students' learning on statistics courses. The online questionnaires presented in this report are a new, slightly different computer-based tool: the central aim was to support students…
Descriptors: Statistics, Questionnaires, Teaching Methods, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Amsel, Eric; Ashley, Aaron; Baird, Todd; Johnston, Adam – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2014
Two studies explored conceptual change in undergraduate psychology students' acceptance of the scientific foundations of the discipline. In Study 1, Introductory Psychology students completed the Psychology as Science questionnaire (PAS) at the beginning and end of the semester and did so from their own (Self Condition) and their instructors'…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Psychology, Student Attitudes, Scientific Principles
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Jones, Janelle M. – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2014
Higher student enrolment at North American tertiary institutions over the last decade has led to a greater reliance on lecturing in large classes (i.e., 50 students or more). The efficiency of lecturing as a method of instruction can sometimes come at the cost of student interaction, engagement, critical thinking and satisfaction. Implementing…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Group Discussion, Self Concept, Social Theories
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Stehle, Sebastian; Spinath, Birgit – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2014
In this study the relationship between intended course objectives and teaching effectiveness was investigated. Teaching effectiveness was indexed through student evaluations of teaching (SETs) and lecturer self-evaluations (LSEs), with a focus on course evaluation. Rated learning of intended course objectives was derived by two parallel…
Descriptors: Psychology, Instructional Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Course Objectives
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Tilley, Brian P. – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2014
The growing proportion of non-traditional students, very commonly defined as students over the age of 25 (though other features vary from study to study) necessitates more studies with this increasingly relevant group participating. Recently, the growth of non-traditional universities such as those offering predominantly online, accelerated…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Students, Student Characteristics, Online Courses, Acceleration (Education)
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Hudson, Danae L.; Whisenhunt, Brooke L.; Shoptaugh, Carol F.; Rost, Ann D.; Fondren-Happel, Rachel N. – Psychology Learning and Teaching, 2014
Increasing college enrollments, and decreased funding have led institutions and instructors to focus on developing courses that can be taught effectively in a large class format. This article presents the effectiveness of a redesigned, blended format of Introductory Psychology taught in large sections. The goals of the project included improving…
Descriptors: Large Group Instruction, Educational Change, Psychology, Teaching Methods
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