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Davidson, Heather; Jabbari, Yasaman; Patton, Heather; O'Hagan, Fergal; Peters, Kevin; Cribbie, Robert – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Two controversial topics related to the teaching of statistics to psychology students are (a) when to introduce statistical software and (b) which statistical software package to use. The current research looked at the use of statistical software in statistics classes from every university with a psychology program in Canada. Researchers collected…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Statistics, Psychology, College Students
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Burgoyne, Stephanie; Eaton, Judy – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
Flipped classrooms are gaining popularity, especially in psychology statistics courses. However, not all courses lend themselves to a fully flipped design, and some instructors might not want to commit to flipping every class. We tested the effectiveness of flipping just one component (a module on junk science) of a large methods course. We…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Active Learning, College Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness
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Whillans, Ashley V.; Hope, Sally E.; Wylie, Lauren J.; Zhao, Bob; Souza, Michael J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
Promoting undergraduate engagement is an important and challenging obstacle at large research-focused universities. Thus, the current study evaluated whether a peer-led program of student-geared events could improve engagement among a diverse group of psychology students early on in their degrees. We randomly assigned interested second-year…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Learner Engagement, Research Universities, Psychology
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Bramesfeld, Kosha D.; Good, Arla – Teaching of Psychology, 2016
In this article, we present the results of two studies that evaluated an experiential intersectionality awareness activity, "C'est La Vie: The Game of Social Life." For Study 1 (N = 55), we content analyzed students' short answer responses about inequality written before and after playing "C'est La Vie." Study 2 compared a…
Descriptors: Games, Simulation, Control Groups, Pretests Posttests
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Jhangiani, Rajiv S. – Teaching of Psychology, 2016
The present study investigates the impact of participation in a peer assessment activity on subsequent academic performance. Students in two sections of an introductory psychology course completed a practice quiz 1 week prior to each of three course exams. Students in the experimental group participated in a five-step double-blind peer assessment…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Academic Achievement, Formative Evaluation, Summative Evaluation
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Fuentes, Milton A.; Shannon, Casey R. – Teaching of Psychology, 2016
Over the past few decades, diversity and multiculturalism have received considerable attention in the field of psychology. While there have been notable efforts to ensure these important areas are addressed in undergraduate psychology training, little is known about this undertaking. The present study examined how diversity and multiculturalism…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Undergraduate Study, Undergraduate Students, Higher Education
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Rocchi, Meredith; Beaudry, Simon G.; Anderson, Craig; Pelletier, Luc G. – Teaching of Psychology, 2016
Undergraduate research participant pools play an essential role in facilitating research, and many universities rely on them for participant recruitment. There is an abundance of information about those who do elect to participate in research through these recruitment systems but very little about those who do not. The present study examines both…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Higher Education, Foreign Countries
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Martini, Tanya S.; Rail, Ashley; Norton, Cole – Teaching of Psychology, 2015
We examined first-year psychology majors' (N = 195) beliefs about the relevance of two types of university assignments (individual essay and group wiki) and their connection to the development of career-related skills. Students reported that assignments were only somewhat relevant to their career goals, and relevance ratings were typically…
Descriptors: Psychology, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Assignments
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Sandstrom, Gillian M.; Rawn, Catherine D. – Teaching of Psychology, 2015
When students chatter in class it can be disruptive, but could that chatter also have some redeeming qualities? We asked students to keep track of their social interactions in a particular class. On days when students had more social interactions than usual, they reported a greater sense of belonging, which was, in turn, related to greater class…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Interaction, Interpersonal Communication, Student Attitudes
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Stewart, Peter C. – Teaching of Psychology, 2015
With the burgeoning influence of cognitive neuroscience in the field of psychology, it is important to train, or at least expose, undergraduate psychology students to the discipline's methods. Unfortunately, many instructors are limited in their ability to provide such tangible experiences due to resource limitations. However, recent advances in…
Descriptors: Brain, Diagnostic Tests, Physiology, Cognitive Psychology
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Fenesi, Barbara; Sana, Faria; Kim, Joseph A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2014
A growing trend in teaching practices is to combine instructional techniques to optimize learning. If two instructional techniques can independently facilitate comprehension, it may be reasonable to assume that their combination would contribute to even greater learning. Here we examine the effects of using corrective feedback (present or absent)…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Questioning Techniques, Instructional Effectiveness, Comprehension
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McGrath, April L. – Teaching of Psychology, 2014
Office hours provide time outside of class for students to consult with instructors about course material, progress, and evaluation. Yet office hours, at times, remain an untapped source of academic support. The current study examined whether office hour attendance in combination with a learning reflection would help students learn material in an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Introductory Courses, Statistics
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Daniel, David B. – Teaching of Psychology, 2009
John Mitterer earned his PhD in cognitive psychology from McMaster University. Like many teaching professors, his career took an unexpected turn early on when he was hired to teach introductory psychology at Brock University, near Niagara Falls, in Ontario, Canada. It was love at first lecture. He never left the course and now, as a full professor…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Recognition (Achievement), Foreign Countries, Cognitive Psychology
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Vulcano, Brent A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2007
I surveyed 2 samples of Canadian undergraduates (N = 629) concerning their views of a "perfect instructor." Students identified as many descriptors as they wished; I categorized them into 26 sets of qualities and behaviors. The top 10 categories included: (a) knowledgeable; (b) interesting and creative lectures; (c) approachable; (d)…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Student Participation, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Student Relationship
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Cunningham, Paul F. – Teaching of Psychology, 2003
Chairs at 262 prominent U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities (75% response rate) completed a questionnaire about animal use, student choice policies, and alternatives to the use of animals in undergraduate psychology education. Results indicated that a majority of institutions used animals in teaching, only a minority had choice policies…
Descriptors: Laboratories, Educational Policy, Animals, Psychology
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