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Liu, Shujie; Keeley, Jared W.; Buskist, William – Teaching of Psychology, 2020
The Chinese Ministry of Education recently called for improvements in undergraduate teaching. One way to meet this mandate is to codify what Chinese undergraduate students consider to be poor teaching behaviors. Across three phases, this study investigated poor teacher behaviors and compared them to existing data from American students. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Effectiveness, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Undergraduate Students
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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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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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Vespia, Kristin M.; Freis, Stephanie D.; Arrowood, Rebecca M. – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
Psychology prioritizes students' professional or career development by including it as one of the five undergraduate learning goals. Faculty advisors are critical to that development but likely feel less prepared for the role. Departments face challenges assessing associated student learning outcomes. We introduce an instrument programs can use to…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Faculty, Faculty Advisers, Career Counseling
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Whillans, Ashley V.; Hope, Sally E.; Wylie, Lauren J.; Zhao, Bob; Souza, Michael J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
Promoting undergraduate engagement is an important and challenging obstacle at large research-focused universities. Thus, the current study evaluated whether a peer-led program of student-geared events could improve engagement among a diverse group of psychology students early on in their degrees. We randomly assigned interested second-year…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Learner Engagement, Research Universities, Psychology
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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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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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Martini, Tanya S.; Rail, Ashley; Norton, Cole – Teaching of Psychology, 2015
We examined first-year psychology majors' (N = 195) beliefs about the relevance of two types of university assignments (individual essay and group wiki) and their connection to the development of career-related skills. Students reported that assignments were only somewhat relevant to their career goals, and relevance ratings were typically…
Descriptors: Psychology, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Assignments
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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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Filz, Tonya; Gurung, Regan A. R. – Teaching of Psychology, 2013
As class sizes increase due to stagnating budgets, and as colleges and universities around the nation increase enrollment, more faculty (especially those without graduate students) are turning to undergraduate teaching assistants (UTA) to meet the increasing demands on academia. We surveyed 142 students enrolled in courses that utilized UTAs to…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Students, Teaching Assistants, Class Size
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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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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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