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Mercer, Jenny; Sander, Paul; Williams, Stella; Jones, Tim – Psychology Teaching Review, 2013
It is well established that the number of males studying psychology in the UK, both at A-level and on degree courses, is disproportionately low compared to females. There is a paucity of research, however, which discusses how psychology is viewed by this group. The present study employed focus groups with 35 pre-tertiary males (some of whom were…
Descriptors: Males, Student Attitudes, Psychology, Foreign Countries
Sander, Paul; Williamson, Stella – Psychology Teaching Review, 2010
In this contribution to the Widening Participation Special Issue of Psychology Teaching Review we consider our experiences in education as people who can't spell using an auto-ethnographic methodology (Sparkes, 2007), specifically, evocative auto-ethnography (Anderson, 2006) and guided by a social constructionist approach to identity (Burr, 1995).…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Spelling, Ability, Low Achievement
Sander, Paul – Psychology Teaching Review, 2009
Using published findings and by further analyses of existing data, the structure, validity and utility of the Academic Behavioural Confidence scale (ABC) is critically considered. Validity is primarily assessed through the scale's relationship with other existing scales as well as by looking for predicted differences. The utility of the ABC scale…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Measures (Individuals), Confidence Testing, Item Analysis
Sanders, Lalage; Sander, Paul; Mercer, Jenny – Psychology Teaching Review, 2009
This three-year longitudinal study explored the approach to study and academic performance of a group of male psychology undergraduates. In induction week, 112 new psychology students completed the survey. Later in the year, some of the males were interviewed in small groups. Performance was measured from marks at the end of Years 1 and 3. In Year…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Psychology
Sander, Paul; Sanders, Lalage – Psychology Teaching Review, 2006
This paper draws on the psychological theories of self-efficacy and the self-concept to understand students' self-confidence in academic study in higher education as measured by the Academic Behavioural Confidence scale (ABC). In doing this, expectancy-value theory and self-efficacy theory are considered and contrasted with self-concept and…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Self Esteem, Self Efficacy, Academic Ability
Sander, Paul; Sanders, Lalage – Psychology Teaching Review, 2005
Introduction: Research has shown that students do not like student presentations, yet a case can be made for them. This study seeks to understand the effects that presentations have on students. Method: Within an action research framework, two repeated-measures studies were completed, one with students undertaking assessed presentations the other…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Projects, Public Speaking, Action Research
Sander, Paul; Sanders, Lalage; Stevenson, Keith – Psychology Teaching Review, 2002
Previous research has shown that university students, when asked to rank different methods of learning and assessment tend to rate student presentations unfavorably. There are though, sound reasons for constructing learning situations around student presentations, resulting in presentations being an integral part of our psychology degree over the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reflective Teaching, Student Projects, Instructional Effectiveness