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Griggs, Richard A.; Proctor, Derrick L. – Teaching of Psychology, 2002
Given the many changes in the introductory psychology textbook market in the past 2 decades and the lack of a recent citation study of introductory texts, we conducted a citation analysis of a stratified random sample of current texts. To provide a more comprehensive picture of current citation emphases, we extended our analysis to the top 60…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Student Attitudes, Psychologists, Course Content
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Larkin, Judith E.; Pines, Harvey A.; Bechtel, Kate M. – Teaching of Psychology, 2002
We describe the use of a career exploration portfolio in an Industrial/Organizational psychology course (n = 22) to address students' career needs and to develop academic competencies. Students independently completed a series of assignments outside of class, which led to the construction of a personalized career development portfolio. Evaluations…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Industrial Psychology, Career Exploration, Courses
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Leeming, Frank C. – Teaching of Psychology, 2002
Students in 4 classes had a short exam at the start of every class. Grades were significantly better than in previous classes where the same material was taught but with only 4 exams, and there were fewer withdrawals from the exam-a-day classes. Students taught with the exam-a-day procedure also performed better on a retention test than did…
Descriptors: Tests, Grades (Scholastic), Correlation, Retention (Psychology)
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LoSchiavo, Frank M.; Buckingham, Justin T.; Yurak, Tricia J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2002
We describe an obedience demonstration that introduces social psychology in a new and interesting way. After students came to believe that a confederate was the course instructor, they complied with his request to provide him with personal information. Subsequent lecture introduced students to several key concepts, including obedience,…
Descriptors: Deception, Social Psychology, Ethics, Student Attitudes
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Punzo, Vincent A.; Miller, Emily – Teaching of Psychology, 2002
The Experience Sampling Method (ESM; Larson & Csikszentmihalyi, 1983) is a means to investigate the subjective experiences of individuals as they go about their daily lives. Students from 2 Adolescent Psychology courses used the ESM in a required "beeper project." Student research teams investigated a typical week in the life of an adolescent by…
Descriptors: Student Research, Sampling, Adolescents, Adolescent Development
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Connor-Greene, Patricia A.; Greene, Dan J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2002
The proliferation of information on the Internet introduces new challenges for educators. Although the Internet can provide quick and easy access to a wealth of information, it has virtually no quality control. Consequently, the Internet has rendered faculty more essential than ever as teachers of the analytic and evaluative skills students need…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Student Attitudes, Criticism, Group Discussion
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Schneider, Frank W. – Teaching of Psychology, 2002
Describes an assignment in a social psychology course to help students learn about social constraints. Directed students to write a report after either violating a norm or imagining what would happen during a norm violation. Discusses student reaction to the assignment. (CMK)
Descriptors: Assignments, Behavior Standards, Course Content, Higher Education
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Levy, Gary D.; Peters, Walt W. – Teaching of Psychology, 2002
Presents the results of a study, in which undergraduate students (n=105) in student-centered courses (one first-year and one second-year psychology course) completed a questionnaire evaluating their perceptions of the best college courses based on the course, professor, and the student's role. (CMK)
Descriptors: Course Evaluation, Educational Research, Higher Education, Questionnaires
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Perlman, Baron; McCann, Lee I. – Teaching of Psychology, 2002
Examines student responses to a questionnaire that investigated student perceptions of behaviors that may positively or negatively affect test performance. Surveys undergraduate students (n=340) whose examination grades had risen or declined a minimum of one full letter grade from one examination to the next. (CMK)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Higher Education, Psychology, Questionnaires
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Carkenord, David M. – Teaching of Psychology, 2002
Focuses on students' use of a research participation record sheet where students keep track of their own participation in research projects and have researchers sign the sheet to prove student's participation. Surveys the student participants and the researchers involved. Addresses the problems that occurred using this system. (CMK)
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Educational Research, Higher Education, Psychology
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Badura, Amy S. – Teaching of Psychology, 2002
Presents results of a study that evaluated using popular movie clips, shown in the first class meeting of an abnormal psychology course, in relation to student enthusiasm. Compares two classes of female juniors, one using clips and one class not using them. States that the films portrayed psychological disorders. (CMK)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Educational Research, Films, Higher Education
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Britt, Michael A.; Sellinger, John; Stillerman, Lee M. – Teaching of Psychology, 2002
Describes a computer program called Estimating Statistics (ESTAT). Focuses on the benefits of the program for teaching statistics to psychology students. Explains that the program is interactive and graphics-based. Explores students' interactions with ESTAT and addresses the criticisms of the program. (CMK)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Benefits, Higher Education
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Harton, Helen C.; Richardson, Deborah S.; Barreras, Ricardo E.; Rockloff, Matthew J.; Latane, Bibb – Teaching of Psychology, 2002
Discusses the use of focused interactive learning (FIL), in which students participate in focused discussions with their peers to learn about psychological concepts. Evaluates the use of FIL at Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, Florida). Addresses student benefits resulting from this technique. (CMK)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Educational Research, Educational Strategies
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Gaultney, Jane F.; Cann, Arnie – Teaching of Psychology, 2001
Examines university student motivation and goals related to preferences for course requirements and evaluation methods in introductory psychology courses. Reports that student expectations of preferences were sometimes contradictory, were different across subgroups (goal, age, and gender), and did not match faculty goals. Includes references. (CMK)
Descriptors: College Students, Course Content, Gender Issues, Higher Education
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Bacon, Steven F.; Jakovich, Julie A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2001
Compares the effectiveness of teaching an introductory psychology course delivered through instructional television (ITV) versus the traditional method. Students were taught in one of three ways: (1) traditional classroom instruction, (2) instruction in an ITV studio with a teacher, or (3) instruction in a remote ITV studio. Finds similar…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance, Classroom Environment, College Students
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