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Sommer, Robert – Teaching of Psychology, 2014
Having enjoyed teaching during my active career, I continued to teach summer school following retirement. Self-observed sensory and cognitive impairments, although not mentioned by students in their evaluations, induced me to consider the pros and cons of continuing to teach. My hope is that this list of benefits and problems will be of assistance…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Summer Schools, Barriers, Performance Factors
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Sommer, Robert; Sommer, Barbara A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2009
Surveys in 2 undergraduate psychology classes (N = 86) found that students felt less comfortable taking all-essay tests than taking multiple-choice or short-answer tests. The dominant examination format for students in university and in high school had been multiple-choice tests. We describe measures to encourage essay writing in large classes.…
Descriptors: Essay Tests, Psychology, Student Attitudes, Negative Attitudes
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Sommer, Robert; Sommer, Barbara A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2007
A survey in 2 undergraduate psychology classes (N = 93) found ambivalent attitudes toward credit for classroom participation. Although students viewed credit as a way to increase interaction and improve attendance, they also believed it could stimulate irrelevant comments and penalize shy students. The following year, in a class of 49 students,…
Descriptors: Psychology, Undergraduate Study, Undergraduate Students, Attendance
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Sommer, Barbara A.; Sommer, Robert – Teaching of Psychology, 2003
A hands-on lab for a lower division research methods course used an online format with Web page, Web forms, an e-mail listproc, and chat room. The virtual section received a higher rating for overall value than did the in-person labs. Students liked its convenience and flexibility. There were no significant differences in examination performance…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Methods Courses, Computer Uses in Education, Internet
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Norcross, John C.; Sommer, Robert; Clifford, Jennifer S. – Teaching of Psychology, 2001
Explores six methods for incorporating into courses published autobiographies written by individuals suffering from mental disorders: (1) outside readings; (2) examples for classroom lectures; (3) primary texts for discussion sections; (4) remedial or extra-credit assignments; (5) information resources; and (6) source books for topical seminars.…
Descriptors: Autobiographies, Course Content, Course Evaluation, Educational Practices