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Scullin, Michael K. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Many students and educators know that sleep is important to learning, yet there exists a gap between their knowledge and behavior. For example, fewer than 10% of students sleep 8 hr before final exams. In the context of two undergraduate courses on sleep (N = 34), students could earn extra credit if they averaged =8.0 hr of sleep during final…
Descriptors: Sleep, Undergraduate Students, Tests, Course Descriptions
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Demir, Meliksah; Burton, Shelby; Dunbar, Nora – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Two robust predictors of student success, rapport, and autonomy support were assessed to determine which had a greater impact on course and student outcomes. Survey responses from undergraduate psychology students (n = 412) were collected. Together, rapport and autonomy support explained substantial variance in professor effectiveness…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Students, Teacher Student Relationship, Personal Autonomy
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Duncan, Mary Katherine; Johnson, Jennifer Adrienne – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Gardner, Csikszentmihalyi, and Damon defined good work as excellent, ethical, and engaged. In two studies, we explored factors that motivate and challenge undergraduate psychology majors' pursuit of academic good work (N = 100; M[subscript age] = 21.7; mostly female, Caucasian, and seniors). We found that excellent academic work was motivated by…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Learning Motivation, Psychology, Majors (Students)
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Jakobsen, Krisztina V.; Daniel, David B. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Research on team-based learning (TBL) generally supports its effectiveness over "traditional" lecture. In practice, however, lecturing rarely consists of teachers exclusively talking at their students, as many incorporate a variety of strategies to encourage active processing. This study compared an interactive lecture style with TBL on…
Descriptors: Lecture Method, Academic Achievement, Cooperative Learning, Grade Point Average
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Landrum, R. Eric; Gurung, Regan A. R.; Amsel, Eric – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
We compared the performance of senior psychology majors, introductory psychology students, and similarly aged individuals with no college psychology on seven different outcome measures including multiple-choice knowledge tests, attitudes, and open-ended scenarios requiring qualitative responses. On all measures, both senior psychology majors and…
Descriptors: Psychology, Academic Achievement, Introductory Courses, Majors (Students)
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Strait, Gerald G.; Williams, Christopher; Peters, Christopher – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
In this study, we used a randomized control trial (N = 84) to evaluate the effects of a classroom-based motivational interviewing intervention on undergraduate psychology students' test performance. Results indicated that students in the treatment group (n = 38) demonstrated significant increases in their exam grades following the intervention (d…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Intervention, Motivation, Interviews
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Kelley, Matthew R.; Chapman-Orr, Elizabeth K.; Calkins, Susanna; Lemke, Robert J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
The present study explored the generation and retrieval practice effects within a college classroom using a free, online tool called PeerWise (PW). PW allows students to create their own multiple-choice questions, share them with peers, and answer the shared questions written by their peers. Forty students from two sections of an upper level…
Descriptors: Multiple Choice Tests, Computer Uses in Education, Cognitive Psychology, Memory
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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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Lammers, William J.; Gillaspy, J. Arthur, Jr.; Hancock, Felecia – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
We used a brief scale to measure student-instructor rapport and assessed the degree to which student's perceived rapport at the beginning, middle, and end of the semester predicted final course grades in a traditional course. Results showed a positive correlation between rapport scores and final grades such that rapport at each of the time points…
Descriptors: Prediction, Academic Achievement, Teacher Student Relationship, Grades (Scholastic)
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McDonnell, Gerald P.; Dodd, Michael D. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
In the present article, we describe a course exercise in which students were administered four course evaluation forms throughout the semester, on which they provided their overall impressions of the class as well as their desire to change certain aspects of the course. Critically, during the semester, a total of three changes were made to the…
Descriptors: Course Organization, Course Evaluation, Change, Undergraduate Students
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Wu, Jennifer; Kraemer, Philipp – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
This project describes the results from a large enrollment introductory psychology course specially designed to improve performance of first-year students. The main objective of the project was to identify early indicators of student success to inform future teaching and promote classroom engagement. Variables representing academic preparation,…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Introductory Courses, Psychology, Academic Achievement
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Pines, Harvey A.; Larkin, Judith E.; Murray, Molly P. – Teaching of Psychology, 2016
Two studies explored properties of psychology assignments from an atypical perspective: students' own perceptions of what they learned and their emotional reactions to the assignments, specifically feelings of pride in their work. Study 1 showed that assignments vary in their likelihood of generating prideful accomplishment and identified three…
Descriptors: Assignments, Psychology, Student Attitudes, Correlation
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Asgari, Shaki; Carter, Frederick, Jr. – Teaching of Psychology, 2016
The present study examined the relationship between peer mentoring and academic performance. Students from two introductory psychology classes either received (n = 37) or did not receive (n = 36) peer mentoring. The data indicated a consistent improvement in the performance (i.e., grades on scheduled exams) of the mentored group. A similar pattern…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Peer Teaching, Mentors, Academic Achievement
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Peterson, Daniel J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2016
There are but a handful of experimental or quasi-experimental studies comparing student outcomes from flipped or inverted classrooms to more traditional lecture formats. In the current study, I present cumulative exam performance and student evaluation data from two sections of a statistics course I recently taught: one a traditional lecture (N =…
Descriptors: College Students, Introductory Courses, Statistics, Academic Achievement
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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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