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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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Ciarocco, Natalie J.; Dinella, Lisa M.; Hatchard, Christine J.; Valosin, Jayde – Teaching of Psychology, 2016
The current study empirically tested the effectiveness of a modular approach to integrating professional development across an undergraduate psychology curriculum. Researchers conducted a two-group, between-subjects experiment on 269 undergraduate psychology students assessing perceptions of professional preparedness and learning. Analysis…
Descriptors: Integrated Curriculum, Program Effectiveness, Undergraduate Students, Psychology
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Blessing, Stephen B.; Blessing, Jennifer S. – Teaching of Psychology, 2015
A capstone experience serves as a culminating exercise for students to assimilate the information learned in a course and to realize how to use the material and skills in different contexts. Both majors and nonmajors benefit from having the material in the introductory course consolidated in such a way, for later study in the field and to more…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Learning Activities, Instructional Films, Instructional Materials
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McCabe, Jennifer A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2015
Classroom demonstrations of empirically supported learning and memory strategies have the potential to boost students' knowledge about their own memory and convince them to change the way they approach memory tasks in and beyond the classroom. Students in a "Human Learning and Memory" course learned about the "Method of Loci"…
Descriptors: Mnemonics, Pretests Posttests, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques
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Tomcho, Thomas J.; Foels, Rob – Teaching of Psychology, 2012
Teaching researchers commonly employ group-based collaborative learning approaches in Teaching of Psychology teaching activities. However, the authors know relatively little about the effectiveness of group-based activities in relation to known psychological processes associated with group dynamics. Therefore, the authors conducted a meta-analytic…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Group Dynamics, Group Activities, Cooperative Learning
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Bachman, Christine M.; Stewart, Cindy – Teaching of Psychology, 2011
A theoretical approach to the design and implementation of a web-enhanced course template for Introduction to Psychology is reviewed. Links between psychological constructs and pedagogical principles of learning that are pertinent to a web-based course and the self-determination theory literature are discussed in relation to the design and…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Web Based Instruction, Online Courses, Teaching Methods
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Fallon, Marianne; Forrest, Stacey L. – Teaching of Psychology, 2011
Although the use of clickers (classroom response systems) has been widely investigated, fewer studies directly compared outcomes for clickers with other active response methods, such as handheld response cards. We measured students' test performance and their self-reported anxiety and hope for upcoming tests after attending review sessions for an…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Psychology, Anxiety, Academic Achievement
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McCrae, Robert R. – Teaching of Psychology, 2011
Classic personality theories, although intriguing, are outdated. The five-factor model of personality traits reinvigorated personality research, and the resulting findings spurred a new generation of personality theories. These theories assign a central place to traits and acknowledge the crucial role of evolved biology in shaping human…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Personality, Personality Theories, Science Curriculum
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Liddle, James R.; Shackelford, Todd K. – Teaching of Psychology, 2011
As the burgeoning field of evolutionary psychology continues to gain exposure and acceptance throughout the psychological community, it is important to explain this field clearly and accurately to students. This article discusses some recent findings and trends in evolutionary psychological research to aid instructors in their efforts to provide…
Descriptors: Psychological Studies, Psychologists, Psychology, Environmental Influences
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Heckert, Teresa M. – Teaching of Psychology, 2010
A primary barrier to the usage of the well-documented pedagogical technique of service learning is time. Successful experiences require faculty to devote significant time to facilitating the community partnership. Another challenge is student readiness for experiences, both in terms of knowledge and motivation. In this article, 2 adaptations are…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Educational Strategies, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship
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Tomcho, Thomas J.; Foels, Rob; Rice, Diana; Johnson, Jeremy; Moses, Tad P.; Warner, Douglas J.; Wetherbee, Rebecca; A. Amalfi, Tiffany – Teaching of Psychology, 2008
A major function of instruction in psychology is to convey complex phenomena in a manner accessible to students. Instructors using well-designed teaching activities can help to make complex material accessible. We content analyzed teaching activities reported in the first 33 years of "Teaching of Psychology." We identified 15 general teaching…
Descriptors: Psychology, Student Development, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Dickson, K. Laurie; Bauer, Jack J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2008
We experimentally investigated the effect of crib sheet construction and use on student learning and exam performance. Students expected to use their prepared crib sheets during testing; however, unexpectedly they first completed a pretest without their crib sheets. Students scored significantly better on the same questions with crib sheets…
Descriptors: Testing, Teaching Methods, Instructional Materials, Learning Strategies
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Smith, Randolph A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2008
Division 2 of the American Psychological Association was practicing the scholarship of teaching long before Boyer (1990) coined the term, but Boyer brought the idea to academe's consciousness. Over time, however, the scholarship of teaching and "scholarly teaching" have become confused. Based on Richlin's (2001) work, I attempt to resolve this…
Descriptors: Scholarship, Instruction, College Faculty, Psychology
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Egan, Paul J.; McCabe, Patrick; Semenchuk, Danielle; Butler, Joanna – Teaching of Psychology, 2003
This study investigated the effectiveness of portfolios as an instructional technique to reduce errors associated with test scoring by graduate students. Both the control and experimental conditions consisted of a lecture and demonstration on proper administration and scoring followed by a discussion. The experimental condition also required…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Portfolios (Background Materials), Tests, Scoring
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Lafosse, Jose M.; Zinser, Michael C. – Teaching of Psychology, 2002
In this article we describe an in-class case-conference exercise designed to enhance the teaching of paradigms in abnormal psychology courses. The primary pedagogical goals are to increase awareness of how paradigms are applied in real-life settings; better distinguish between paradigms; and recognize how paradigms influence understanding of…
Descriptors: Models, Psychology, Psychopathology, Educational Strategies
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