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Lawson, Timothy J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
This article describes how my psychology department utilizes our alumni to educate current and prospective students about careers in psychology. I explain how we developed an alumni careers website and on-campus alumni careers sessions for students. High school students and our psychology majors reported that they found this information valuable,…
Descriptors: Alumni, Psychology, Career Choice, Information Sources
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Prieto, Loreto R. – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
I examined concerns surrounding teaching culturally diverse students and attitudes toward incorporating diversity content into courses, held by a national sample of psychology educators (N = 91). Findings indicated that as instructors' personal acceptance of culturally diverse students increased, instructors' level of "backlash"…
Descriptors: Course Content, Psychology, Culturally Relevant Education, Teaching Methods
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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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Cain, Kathleen M.; Wilkowski, Benjamin M.; Barlett, Christopher P.; Boyle, Colleen D.; Meier, Brian P. – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
Students and instructors show moderate levels of agreement about the quality of day-to-day teaching. In the present study, we replicated and extended this finding by asking how correspondence between student and instructor ratings is moderated by time of semester and student demographic variables. Participants included 137 students and 5…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Evaluation, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance
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Carlson, Wendy; Witschey, Hannah – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
This study examined whether combining classroom curriculum with direct experience with people with disabilities (PWDs) can influence change in undergraduate students' attitudes toward PWDs. Undergraduate students (N = 68) enrolled in a psychology course completed the Interaction with Disabled Persons Scale at the beginning and end of the semester.…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Nonprofit Organizations
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Hunt, Maree J.; Macaskill, Anne C. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
Taking an ethical approach to using nonhuman animals in teaching requires assessment of the learning benefits of using animals and how these compare to the benefits of alternative teaching practices. It is also important to consider whether students have ethical reservations about completing exercises with animals. We compared upper level…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Active Learning, Animals, Psychology
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Wentworth, Diane Keyser; Whitmarsh, Lona – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
Teaching the general psychology course provides instructors with the opportunity to invite students to explore the dynamics of behavior and mental processes through the lens of theory and research. Three innovative writing assignments were developed to teach students to think like a psychologist, operationalized as enhancing critical thinking,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Psychology, Introductory Courses, Writing Assignments
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Cramer, Robert J.; Bryson, Claire N.; Stroud, Caroline H.; Ridge, Brittany E. – Teaching of Psychology, 2016
The present discussion outlines the design and initial implementation of a semester-long graduate course in suicide theory, risk assessment, and management. While the structure of the course is adaptable in light of various considerations (e.g., targeted group of students and availability of resources), we review suicide risk assessment core…
Descriptors: Suicide, Theories, Risk Assessment, Risk Management
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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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Ferrari, Anne – Teaching of Psychology, 2016
Research shows that a very small percentage of those who suffer from mental illness seek professional help and fear of stigma is a principal factor why individuals are reluctant to obtain assistance. This study evaluated whether using examples of celebrities' experiences with mental illness as a form of "contact" with a mentally ill…
Descriptors: Psychology, Teaching Methods, Help Seeking, Mental Disorders
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Deichert, Nathan T.; Maxwell, Shannon J.; Klotz, Joseph – Teaching of Psychology, 2016
The current study is a quasi-experimental examination of the effects of traditional and accelerated course formats on learning retention. The study analyzed data on an end-of-course exam collected from 132 students enrolled in introductory psychology courses across 3 course formats: a traditional 16-week format, a 5-week accelerated format, and an…
Descriptors: Retention (Psychology), Introductory Courses, Psychology, Acceleration (Education)
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Guo, Fangfang; Yao, Meilin; Wang, Cong; Yan, Wenfan; Zong, Xiaoli – Teaching of Psychology, 2016
Previous research indicated that service learning (SL) is an effective pedagogy to improve students' problem-solving ability and increase their classroom engagement. However, studies on SL are rare in China. This study examined the effects of SL on the problem solving of Chinese undergraduate students as well as the mechanism through which it…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Problem Solving, Teaching Methods, Learner Engagement
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Zayac, Ryan M.; Ratkos, Thom; Frieder, Jessica E.; Paulk, Amber – Teaching of Psychology, 2016
Research on teaching has shown that incorporating active student responding (ASR) into classroom instruction facilitates learning and should be considered best practice. Nevertheless, few published studies have examined ASR using a within-participant design across a semester. Using a counterbalanced alternating treatment design, a direct…
Descriptors: Audience Response Systems, Undergraduate Students, Psychology, Comparative Analysis
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Wesselmann, Eric D.; Kassner, Matthew P.; Graziano, William G. – Teaching of Psychology, 2016
We created an activity in an upper-level personality psychology course in which interested students created an "entry" for a contest in which they chose a popular song that illustrated a course concept. The class evaluated these entries and voted on their favorites in a tournament-style bracket system; winners received extra credit.…
Descriptors: Assignments, Student Motivation, Concept Teaching, Singing
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Goodmon, Leilani B.; Middleditch, Ashlea M.; Childs, Bethany; Pietrasiuk, Stacey E. – Teaching of Psychology, 2016
The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of a positive psychology course on student well-being, depressive symptoms, and stress in a repeated measure, nonequivalent control design. As hypothesized, the positive psychology students reported higher overall happiness, life satisfaction, routes to happiness, and lower depressive…
Descriptors: Well Being, Psychology, Depression (Psychology), Stress Management
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