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Metzger, Barbara; Gayman, Catherine M. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
The American Psychological Association's 2013 guidelines recommend that psychology undergraduate programs make workforce preparation a central feature in undergraduate psychology programs. The addition of courses in applied behavior analysis (ABA) is one method to provide students with the skills and credentials necessary to enter a…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Psychology, Majors (Students), Career Readiness
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Cavanaugh, Courtenay E. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Teachers of psychology have been called to both educate college students about interpersonal violence (e.g., sexual assault) and use service learning. However, few models exist for how teachers may simultaneously address both of these calls. This article describes a service-learning course in psychology that integrated an evidence-based, bystander…
Descriptors: Rape, Prevention, Psychology, Service Learning
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Hoyer, Dennis; Correia, Christopher J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
The misuse of prescription medications has emerged as a national public health concern. Epidemiological studies suggest that college students are at an elevated risk to engage in nonmedical use of several medications, including stimulants and central nervous system depressants. Teachers can easily integrate material related to the nonmedical use…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students, Correlation, Drug Abuse
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Rhodes, Matthew G. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Metacognition refers to a set of processes an individual uses in monitoring ongoing cognition so as to effectively control his or her own behavior. In this article, I discuss key frameworks for characterizing metacognition and describe approaches to measuring metacognition. Modern research in metacognition assumes that monitoring of cognition…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Learning Processes, Accuracy, Concept Formation
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Miller, Erin Morris – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Skill in statistical analysis and interpretation are key areas of expertise for psychology majors seeking graduate school admittance and future employment. However, students can be reluctant to engage in their statistics course and may struggle to find success. One possible way to increase engagement and student learning is to teach in a way that…
Descriptors: Statistics, Mathematics Achievement, Psychology, Majors (Students)
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Bizer, George Y. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Reading and critiquing journal articles is a way in which instructors can promote learning and critical thought among students, particularly in the undergraduate research methods course. However, articles that have survived the peer-review process are often lengthy and have only nuanced drawbacks, rendering them less useful for such pedagogical…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Critical Reading, Journal Articles, Research Methodology
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Gamble, Tim; Turner-Cobb, Julie M.; Walker, Ian; Holt, Nigel – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Integral to most undergraduate psychology degree programs are research methods courses. Students learn about theory, study design and hypothesis testing, and gain knowledge that is assessed by laboratory reports. We describe a problem-based learning approach with an emphasis on acquisition of study design skills. Working in small groups, students…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Psychology, Hypothesis Testing, Problem Based Learning
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Sheldon, Jane P. – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
A highly relevant construct that may need more emphasis in our psychology courses is genetic attributions. Attributions are causal explanations people make for specific behaviors, characteristics, occurrences, or differences. Research has found that genetic attributions are related to numerous biopsychosocial phenomena (e.g., perceptions about…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Genetics, Psychology, Course Content
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Appleby, Drew C. – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
Undergraduate psychology programs have not always provided the same level of support for their job-seeking students than they have for those preparing to become psychologists. This is a particularly unfortunate situation because, according to the American Psychological Association's Center for Workforce Studies (American Psychological Association,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Psychology, Majors (Students), Job Training
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Ciarocco, Natalie J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
Traditional career preparation courses provide students with a variety of benefits. Students taking these courses report a better understanding of psychology-related careers, less indecision about their future careers, and are more knowledgeable about themselves in relation to careers. Yet only 37% of undergraduate psychology programs offer formal…
Descriptors: Psychology, Assignments, Career Development, Undergraduate Students
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Halonen, Jane S.; Dunn, Dana S. – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
Despite the popularity of the psychology major, complaints regularly arise about the value of majoring in psychology. This article reviews the workforce advantages that accrue to successful psychology students and encourages new strategies for emphasizing the professional development goal in the American Psychological Association's…
Descriptors: Psychology, Majors (Students), Undergraduate Students, Career Development
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Schwartz, Beth M.; Gregg, Virginia R.; McKee, Mark – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
Providing career preparation for our students continues to be a focus for faculty, departments, and institutions. Professional development is most effective when accessible to students in a number of ways. This article presents how career preparation can be incorporated in advising, through programming and assessment in a career center, and in the…
Descriptors: Psychology, Undergraduate Students, Career Centers, Career Counseling
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Sternberg, Robert J.; Hayes, Nicky – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
Writing a textbook is close to a unique experience in the work of a psychologist. In this article, we discuss the steps authors need to take in preparing to write a textbook. We take the reader through a series of steps, from formulating an idea for a textbook to negotiating a contract. Writing a textbook can be one of the greatest joys of a…
Descriptors: Textbook Preparation, Authors, Psychologists, Decision Making
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Maier, Karl J.; Whitehead, George I.; Walter, Mark I. – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
The American Psychological Association (APA) has called for psychologists to become more involved in addressing climate change. One way to address this pressing issue is through curriculum. To this end, we describe an undergraduate course that we created and teach exclusively focused on the interface of psychology and global climate change. The…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Instruction, Psychology, Climate
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Standen, Erin C.; Furman, Celina R.; Mann, Traci – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
Although most psychology courses do not include the topic of eating, we believe it can be rewarding to teach because much of the conventional wisdom about eating is wrong. Teachers can use scientific evidence to clarify incorrect, but long-held, beliefs that many students have about eating, including the extent to which weight is under individual…
Descriptors: Psychology, Eating Habits, Self Control, Body Weight
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