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Carmichael, Cheryl L.; Schwartz, Anna M.; Coyle, Maureen A.; Goldberg, Matthew H. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
In two studies, we demonstrate an engaging classroom activity that facilitates student learning about Kohlberg's theory of moral development by using digital resources to foster active, experiential learning. In addition to hearing a standard lecture about moral development, students watched a video of a morally provocative incident, then worked…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Moral Development, Lecture Method, Scores
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Knapp, Nancy Flanagan – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Social constructivist principles and ideas are among those most cited in both educational and psychological circles today, and many current scholars and reformers ground their work in social constructivist theories. Yet the basic principles of social constructivism are notoriously difficult for students to understand and grapple with. This article…
Descriptors: Psychology, Constructivism (Learning), Class Activities, Small Group Instruction
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Richmond, Aaron S.; Morgan, Robin K.; Slattery, Jeanne M.; Mitchell, Nathanael G.; Cooper, Anna Grace – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Recent research suggests that designing a syllabus using learner-centered principles may increase students' perceptions of their instructor on the characteristics of rapport, caring, helpfulness, willingness to seek help from the instructor, and student motivation. Typically, a learner-centered syllabus is one that presents a positive tone at the…
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Student Centered Learning, Student Attitudes, Caring
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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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Hutcheon, Thomas G.; Lian, Aileen; Richard, Anna – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
To test the impact of the implementation of technology bans on students' experience within a course, we collected data from four sections of Introduction to Psychology at a small liberal arts college in the northeast. In two sections, students were banned from using personal technology devices during lecture. In the other two sections, students…
Descriptors: Psychology, Introductory Courses, Student Attitudes, Handheld Devices
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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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Boysen, Guy A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
American Psychological Association (APA)-style writing is an essential part of the undergraduate psychology curriculum. However, little is known about the effectiveness of specific techniques for instructing students on how to format APA-style citations and references. The current research compared the effectiveness of having students (N = 76)…
Descriptors: Psychology, Citations (References), Writing Skills, Undergraduate Students
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Sheen, Mercedes; Yekani, Hajar Aman Key; Jordan, Timothy R. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Recent research compared the use of case studies to online discussion boards to teach about anxiety disorders. The current study extends this research to mood disorders, reports pretest and posttest scores on four learning outcomes, and compares midterm exam scores from Fall 2016 and Fall 2017 when case studies and online discussion boards were…
Descriptors: Psychology, Teaching Methods, Computer Mediated Communication, Case Studies
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Lammers, William J.; Byrd, Alleshia A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
We evaluated whether gender (masculinity/femininity) rather than biological sex would better predict student-instructor rapport. University students (104 men, 97 women) considered either a feminine hypothetical instructor or a masculine hypothetical instructor and rate their expected rapport with that instructor. The Bem Sex Role Inventory…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Gender Differences, Masculinity, Femininity
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White, Holly A.; Highfill, Lauren E. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
The present study piloted a cognitive exercise program in a college classroom to enhance learning of lecture material. Undergraduate students enrolled in introductory psychology (N = 68) completed variations of letter-number cancelation tasks with spoken instructions in 5-min sessions prior to lecture during four nonconsecutive class periods.…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Lecture Method, Feedback (Response), Program Descriptions
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Farley, Sally D.; Carson, Deborah H.; Pope, Terrence J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
This activity explores attitudinal beliefs and behavioral responses of obedience to an illegitimate authority figure in an ambiguous situation. In Experiment 1, students either self-reported the likelihood that they would obey a request made by a stranger to surrender their cell phone or were asked directly and in person by a confederate to…
Descriptors: Social Psychology, Compliance (Psychology), Social Behavior, Student Behavior
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Hong, Phan Y.; Lishner, David A.; Ebert, Alexandria; Zimmerman, Caileigh; Oechsner, Markus; McCann, Lee I. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Undergraduate psychology majors (n = 277) completed a survey assessing their rationale for pursuing either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. Only 52.9% correctly identified the differences in degree requirements. Of those, BA students indicated greater science anxiety and avoidance than those pursuing a BS. BS students…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Bachelors Degrees, Psychology
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Altman, Joanne D.; Prittie, Beth A.; Forbach, Gary B. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
This study examined student, professor, and employer perceptions of how reward for effort expended and meeting task performance criteria should be factored into college grades and employment compensation. The sample consisted of students, faculty, and employers. Participants completed a survey assessing perceptions of effort and performance in…
Descriptors: Expectation, Rewards, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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Lloyd, Steven A.; Shanks, Ryan A.; Lopatto, David – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Undergraduate research (UR) is a high-impact practice associated with many positive student outcomes. However, extending UR opportunities to all students is not practical for all psychology programs. Classroom-based UR experiences (CUREs) provide a scalable solution to this problem, but there is a paucity of empirically validated, authentic CUREs…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Physiology, Psychology, Student Research
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Davidson, Heather; Jabbari, Yasaman; Patton, Heather; O'Hagan, Fergal; Peters, Kevin; Cribbie, Robert – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Two controversial topics related to the teaching of statistics to psychology students are (a) when to introduce statistical software and (b) which statistical software package to use. The current research looked at the use of statistical software in statistics classes from every university with a psychology program in Canada. Researchers collected…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Statistics, Psychology, College Students
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