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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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Stansbury, Jessica A.; Earnest, David R. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
Motivation and game research continue to demonstrate that the implementation of game design characteristics in the classroom can be engaging and intrinsically motivating. The present study assessed the extent to which an industrial organizational psychology course designed learning environment created with meaningful gamification elements can…
Descriptors: Industrial Psychology, Educational Games, Courses, Student Motivation
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McGinley, Jared J.; Jones, Brett D. – Teaching of Psychology, 2014
What an instructor does on the first day of a course can impact students' motivation in the course. To build upon these prior research findings, we implemented a first-day intervention to influence students' motivation by increasing their perceptions of course interest, course usefulness, and instructor caring. The participants were undergraduate…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Teaching Methods, Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Students
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Wilson, Janie H.; Ryan, Rebecca G. – Teaching of Psychology, 2013
Rapport between students and teachers leads to numerous positive student outcomes, including attitudes toward the teacher and course, student motivation, and perceived learning. The recent development of a Professor-Student Rapport scale offers assessment of this construct. However, a Cronbach's [alpha] of 0.96 indicated item redundancy, and the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Grades (Scholastic), Learner Engagement, Student Motivation
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Stalder, Daniel R.; Olson, Elizabeth A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2011
This article provides a list of statistical mnemonics for instructor use. This article also reports on the potential for such mnemonics to help students learn, enjoy, and become less apprehensive about statistics. Undergraduates from two sections of a psychology statistics course rated 8 of 11 mnemonics as significantly memorable and helpful in…
Descriptors: Statistics, Mnemonics, Teaching Methods, Learning Strategies
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Wilson, Janie H.; Ryan, Rebecca G.; Pugh, James L. – Teaching of Psychology, 2010
Rapport traditionally has been measured in therapy or in other one-on-one relationships such as with roommates. As yet, no scale is available to measure professor-student rapport. In this study, 51 undergraduates created items to measure professor-student rapport, and subsequently, 195 different college students rated their agreement with items…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Academic Achievement, Validity, Interpersonal Relationship
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Beehr, Terry A.; LeGro, Kimberly; Porter, Kimberly; Bowling, Nathan A.; Swader, William M. – Teaching of Psychology, 2010
Volunteering implies free choice, but people in some situations can feel compelled to volunteer. Hypotheses about students' volunteer work focused on self-determination and sufficiency of justification for their behavior. We examined required versus nonrequired volunteerism, internal and external motivation for volunteering, and attitudes of…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Student Motivation, Student Volunteers, Student Attitudes
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Legg, Angela M.; Wilson, Janie H. – Teaching of Psychology, 2009
Traditionally, professors use the first day of class to build rapport. However, current technology allows professors to contact students prior to the first day of class. This study assessed how the receipt of a welcoming e-mail from a female professor 1 week before the first day of class affected student motivation and attitudes toward the…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Psychology, School Holding Power, Student Attitudes
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Levesque-Bristol, Chantal; Stanek, Layla R. – Teaching of Psychology, 2009
This article examines students' perceptions of the learning environment in a service learning research course and increases in student motivation and skill development. According to self-determination theory (Deci & Ryan, 1985), positive learning environments increase levels of student motivation and learning outcomes. Survey responses…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Service Learning, Student Motivation, Classroom Environment
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Lammers, William J.; Smith, Shelia M. – Teaching of Psychology, 2008
We examined faculty and student perspectives on variables relating to the instructor, student, and physical environment that affect student learning. Tenured faculty members and university students enrolled in upper level courses completed a questionnaire evaluating their perceptions of variables important to student learning. Overall, faculty and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Physical Environment, Student Characteristics, College Faculty
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Morling, Beth; McAuliffe, Meghan; Cohen, Lawrence; DiLorenzo, Thomas M. – Teaching of Psychology, 2008
Four sections of introductory psychology participated in a test of personal response systems (commonly called "clickers"). Two sections used clickers to answer multiple-choice quiz questions for extra credit; 2 sections did not. Even though we used clickers very minimally (mainly to administer quizzes and give immediate feedback in…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Attitudes, Tests, Student Motivation
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Wilson, Janie H.; Wilson, Shauna B. – Teaching of Psychology, 2007
Teaching experts assert that the first day of class impacts students, with potential negative effects lasting the entire term. However, no empirical research supports this supposition. We randomly assigned students to view a video of their professor either providing a positive or negative first-day experience. Students with the positive experience…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Psychology, Teaching Methods
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Wilson, Janie H. – Teaching of Psychology, 2006
Psychological availability to students defines immediacy, a concept traditionally measured using ratings of instructor behaviors. However, students' perceptions of their professor's attitude toward them may serve as a more parsimonious measure of psychological availability. In fact, ratings of a professor's attitude toward students are positively…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Predictor Variables, Teacher Attitudes, Perception
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Stalder, Daniel R. – Teaching of Psychology, 2005
Study 1 assessed students' use and perceptions of acronyms at 3 different exam times in 2 sections of Introduction to Psychology. Acronym use consistently predicted higher performance on acronym related exam items, and I partially discounted 2 possible confounds. Students rated acronyms as helpful in multiple ways, including increasing motivation…
Descriptors: Memory, Psychology, Teaching Methods, Student Motivation
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Shivy, Victoria A.; Worthington, Everett L., Jr.; Wallis, Amy Birtel; Hogan, Chris – Teaching of Psychology, 2003
Doctoral-level training in psychology places importance on helping students acquire facilitative research-related attitudes, skills, and interests. Training models in PhD applied psychology programs also value sound teaching of research. We demonstrate how a research training environment can be evaluated using both standardized instruments and…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Psychology, Counselor Training, Doctoral Programs
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