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Bensley, D. Alan; Murtagh, Michael P. – Teaching of Psychology, 2012
Assessment of student learning outcomes can be a powerful tool for improvement of instruction when a scientific approach is taken; unfortunately, many educators do not take full advantage of this approach. This article examines benefits of taking a scientific approach to critical thinking assessment and proposes guidelines for planning,…
Descriptors: Scientific Methodology, Critical Thinking, Best Practices, Educational Practices
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Keeley, Jared – Teaching of Psychology, 2010
A year after receiving his PhD in psychology from the University of Rochester, Tim Kasser accepted a position at Knox College, in Galesburg, Illinois, where he is currently professor of psychology. He regularly teaches psychology classes on personality, clinical and abnormal psychology, dreaming, and research methods, as well as an…
Descriptors: Quality of Life, Motivation, Social Psychology, Interviews
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Lakin, Jessica L.; Giesler, R. Brian; Morris, Kathryn A.; Vosmik, Jordan R. – Teaching of Psychology, 2007
Mnemonic strategies, such as acronyms, effectively increase student retention of course material. We present an acronym based on a popular television character to help students remember the basic steps in the scientific method. Our empirical evaluation of the acronym revealed that students found it to be enjoyable, useful, and worthy of use in…
Descriptors: Memory, Mnemonics, Scientific Methodology, Teaching Methods