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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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Bailey, Sarah F.; Jenkins, Jade S.; Barber, Larissa K. – Teaching of Psychology, 2016
Classroom management involves managing students' requests for course policy changes. Instructors can adhere to the course policies or convey flexibility through making an exception for the student. The current study empirically examines students' emotional reactions (hostility, guilt, and surprise) and fairness perceptions to course policy…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Educational Policy, Course Content, Policy Formation
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Troisi, Jordan D.; Young, Ariana F.; Harris, Brianna – Teaching of Psychology, 2013
Previous research demonstrates that psychology courses have the potential to reduce students' biases (e.g., biases against women). In the current research, we hypothesized that taking a seminar-style course on the self (as compared to a research methods course) could reduce students' typically biased views of the self (i.e., unrealistically…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Seminars, Psychology, Student Attitudes
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Franz, Timothy M.; Vicker, Lauren A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2010
We report about an active learning demonstration designed to use a virtual class to present computer-mediated group communication course concepts to show that students can learn about these concepts in a virtual class. We designated 1 class period as a virtual rather than face-to-face class, when class members "attended" virtually using…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Group Dynamics, Interdisciplinary Approach, Team Teaching
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Poirier, Christopher R.; Feldman, Robert S. – Teaching of Psychology, 2007
Individual response technology (IRT), in which students use wireless handsets to communicate real-time responses, permits the recording and display of aggregated student responses during class. In comparison to a traditional class that did not employ IRT, students using IRT performed better on exams and held positive attitudes toward the…
Descriptors: Psychology, Course Content, Active Learning, Student Attitudes
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Rosell, Michelle Ceynar; Beck, Danielle M.; Luther, Katie E.; Goedert, Kelly M.; Shore, Wendelyn J.; Anderson, Dana D. – Teaching of Psychology, 2005
This study investigated the educational value of research participation by assessing the accuracy of student perceptions regarding the scientific status and methodology of psychology at 3 times during a semester: during the first week, following introductory and methodology lectures, and at the end of the term. Students' understanding of…
Descriptors: Psychology, Methods, Course Content, Psychological Studies
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Griggs, Richard A.; Proctor, Derrick L. – Teaching of Psychology, 2002
Given the many changes in the introductory psychology textbook market in the past 2 decades and the lack of a recent citation study of introductory texts, we conducted a citation analysis of a stratified random sample of current texts. To provide a more comprehensive picture of current citation emphases, we extended our analysis to the top 60…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Student Attitudes, Psychologists, Course Content
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LoSchiavo, Frank M.; Buckingham, Justin T.; Yurak, Tricia J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2002
We describe an obedience demonstration that introduces social psychology in a new and interesting way. After students came to believe that a confederate was the course instructor, they complied with his request to provide him with personal information. Subsequent lecture introduced students to several key concepts, including obedience,…
Descriptors: Deception, Social Psychology, Ethics, Student Attitudes
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Schneider, Frank W. – Teaching of Psychology, 2002
Describes an assignment in a social psychology course to help students learn about social constraints. Directed students to write a report after either violating a norm or imagining what would happen during a norm violation. Discusses student reaction to the assignment. (CMK)
Descriptors: Assignments, Behavior Standards, Course Content, Higher Education
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Gaultney, Jane F.; Cann, Arnie – Teaching of Psychology, 2001
Examines university student motivation and goals related to preferences for course requirements and evaluation methods in introductory psychology courses. Reports that student expectations of preferences were sometimes contradictory, were different across subgroups (goal, age, and gender), and did not match faculty goals. Includes references. (CMK)
Descriptors: College Students, Course Content, Gender Issues, Higher Education
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Kretchmar, Molly D. – Teaching of Psychology, 2001
Describes a service-learning project for an introductory psychology course. Addresses the students' feedback about the service-learning project as measured by a 20-item evaluation form. Provides recommendations about the project ranging from logistics to student and faculty concerns. Includes example discussion questions. (CMK)
Descriptors: Course Content, Course Evaluation, Experiential Learning, Higher Education
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Doggette, Amy L.; Reid, James D.; Garfield, Lauren D.; Hoy, Sandra J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2001
Examines the impact of a course, the Psychology of Homosexuality, on heterosexual students' attitudes toward and knowledge about sexual minorities. Presents results on preclass personal experience with sexual diversity, preclass versus postclass sexual orientation, homophobia, and topic value. States that students left with significantly decreased…
Descriptors: Course Content, Educational Strategies, Higher Education, Homosexuality
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Hull, Debra B. – Teaching of Psychology, 2001
Describes a method for assessing student attitudes toward studying international psychology. States that 33 seniors participated in a seminar course in which they took a pretest, wrote and presented information on a country, and then took a posttest. Reveals that five months after the course students' attitudes improved significantly. (CMK)
Descriptors: College Seniors, Course Content, Educational Research, Global Approach
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Madson, Laura – Teaching of Psychology, 2001
Describes an activity in which students categorize the sexual orientation (heterosexual, bisexual, homosexual) of 10 fictional people. Students study aspects of sexual orientation, including its resistance to rigid and consistent definitions. The activity has been used in Psychology of Women, Sexual Behavior, and Psychology of Sexual Orientation…
Descriptors: Bisexuality, Class Activities, Course Content, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Lammers, William J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2001
Describes an informal seminar aimed at preparing the best undergraduate psychology students for graduate school. Discusses the rationale and the format, including meeting objectives and the student selection process. Considers student outcomes and feedback and the shortcomings of the seminar. (CMK)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, College Applicants, Course Content, Doctoral Programs
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