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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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Burkley, Edward; Burkley, Melissa – Teaching of Psychology, 2009
"Mythbusters" uses multiple research methods to test interesting topics, offering research methods students an entertaining review of course material. To test the effectiveness of "Mythbusters" clips in a psychology research methods course, we systematically selected and showed 4 clips. Students answered questions about the clips, offered their…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Courses, Psychological Studies, Television Viewing
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Sommer, Robert; Sommer, Barbara A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2009
Surveys in 2 undergraduate psychology classes (N = 86) found that students felt less comfortable taking all-essay tests than taking multiple-choice or short-answer tests. The dominant examination format for students in university and in high school had been multiple-choice tests. We describe measures to encourage essay writing in large classes.…
Descriptors: Essay Tests, Psychology, Student Attitudes, Negative Attitudes
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Segrist, Dan J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2009
This article describes an in-class activity designed to demonstrate Freud's structural theory of the psyche, specifically the roles of the id, ego, and superego, as well as the interplay among them. Additionally, the activity visually illustrates Freud's ideas about the levels of consciousness associated with these 3 components. Pre-post quiz…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Self Concept, Class Activities, Undergraduate Students
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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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Thieman, Thomas J.; Clary, E. Gil; Olson, Andrea M.; Dauner, Rachel C.; Ring, Erin E. – Teaching of Psychology, 2009
For 6 years, we have offered an integrated weekly laboratory focusing on research methods as part of our general psychology course. Through self-report measures and controlled comparisons, we found that laboratory projects significantly increase students' knowledge and comfort level with scientific approaches and concepts, sustain interest in…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Psychology, Psychological Studies, Research Methodology
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Kowalski, Patricia; Taylor, Annette Kujawski – Teaching of Psychology, 2009
Students often come into the introductory psychology course with many misconceptions and leave with most of them intact. Borrowing from other disciplines, we set out to determine whether refutational lecture and text are effective in dispelling student misconceptions. These approaches first activate a misconception and then immediately counter it…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Psychology, Introductory Courses, Lecture Method
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Shepperd, James A.; Grace, Jodi L.; Koch, Erika J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2008
We examined the perceptions and performance of students who used an electronic versus a traditional paper textbook. Introductory psychology students (N = 392) who chose between the 2 formats did not differ in course grades. However, students using the electronic text reported spending less time reading for class compared to students using the…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Psychology, Introductory Courses, Printed Materials
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Bendersky, Karen; Isaac, Walter L.; Stover, Jason H.; Zook, Joan M. – Teaching of Psychology, 2008
Few online psychology graduate programs are accredited and thus may not provide students with the same career opportunities as programs from traditional universities. We investigated whether psychology majors are more likely than other majors to consider applying to online graduate programs and whether students considering these programs have…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Psychology, Employment Opportunities, Online Courses
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Engler, Jennifer N.; Landau, Joshua D.; Epstein, Maya – Teaching of Psychology, 2008
To understand undergraduate perceptions of academic dishonesty and honor codes, our participants estimated the likelihood that they, their friends, and the average college student would plagiarize or cheat on tests. Undergraduates reported that the average college student was most likely to cheat, their friends would be less likely to cheat, and…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Cheating, Undergraduate Students, Ethics
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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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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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Silva, Kathleen M.; Silva, Francisco J.; Quinn, Megan A.; Draper, Jill N.; Cover, Kimberly R.; Munoff, Alison A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2008
We analyzed students' ratings and comments of their psychology instructors that were posted on RateMyProfessors.com and RateMyProfessors.ca to determine which features of a course and an instructor evoked the most positive and negative reactions. A content analysis of students' comments showed that instructors' characteristics(e.g., enthusiastic,…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Psychometrics, Content Analysis, Student Development
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Elicker, Joelle D.; O'Malley, Alison L.; Williams, Christine M. – Teaching of Psychology, 2008
We examined whether students with access to a supplemental course Web site enhanced with e-mail, discussion boards, and chat room capability reacted to it more positively than students who used a Web site with the same content but no communication features. Students used the Web sites on a voluntary basis. At the end of the semester, students…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Internet, Web Sites, Computer Uses in Education
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Holmes, Jeffrey D. – Teaching of Psychology, 2008
Most students have some experience with purported measures of psychological constructs before entering college. Critical analysis of such measures requires familiarity with test development strategies. The activities outlined in this article allowed students to complete the steps involved in scale construction and empirical analysis in a…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Familiarity, Measures (Individuals), Psychological Characteristics
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