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Costin, Frank – Teaching of Psychology, 1985
The achievement of educational goals requires the psychology teacher to display a special kind of courage. Challenges to that courage are discussed. These challenges are involved in lecturing, questioning, and discussion; in teaching historical perspectives and controversial issues; and in working with student and teacher values and attitudes. (RM)
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Discussion (Teaching Technique), Higher Education, Instructional Improvement
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Wolfe, Christopher R. – Teaching of Psychology, 1995
Describes techniques for creating collaborative student-constructed hypertexts. Maintains that student goals include courseware development, promotion of critical thinking skills, and facilitating student-directed learning. Reports that students' reactions to the assignments were overwhelmingly positive. (CFR)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Psychology
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Feigenbaum, Elysa; Friend, Ronald – Teaching of Psychology, 1992
Presents results of a study comparing student class size preferences among first-year college students and upper-division students. Reports that first-year students prefer small classes and upper division students prefer large classes. Concludes that experience in larger classes results in a stronger preference toward the large classes. Urges…
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Class Size, Classroom Environment, College Freshmen
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DeBell, Camille S.; Harless, Debra K. – Teaching of Psychology, 1992
Reports research results concerning beliefs about B. F. Skinner's psychological theories. Examines beliefs in the myths that Skinner: (1) discounted physiological and genetic roles in behavior; (2) believed that any behavior could be conditioned; (3) discounted individual uniqueness; (4) viewed punishment as the preferred form of behavior control;…
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Behavior Modification, Behaviorism, Beliefs
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Berrenberg, Joy L.; Prosser, Ann – Teaching of Psychology, 1991
Suggests the "create-a-game" examination technique as a supplemental or alternative evaluation method for a history of psychology course. Describes a take home test in which students design and construct games that incorporate a range of knowledge from the course material. Recommends playing the games in class as a course review. (DK)
Descriptors: Creativity Tests, Educational Games, Educational History, Evaluation Methods
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Arkes, Hal R. – Teaching of Psychology, 1980
Evaluates the Teaching Information Processing System (TIPS), which utilizes frequent testing over course units in an undergraduate psychology course. It is not necessary for students to demonstrate mastery before moving to new material, no proctoring is required, and self-pacing is eliminated. Students indicate positive attitudes about TIPS and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Programs, Educational Research
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Jones, Warren; Zusne, Leonard – Teaching of Psychology, 1981
Discusses need for anomalistic psychology courses (the occult, astrology, ESP, or those phenomena inexplicable in terms of orthodox science) in the college psychology curriculum. A study of an anomalistics course indicates that student belief in the paranormal was associated with greater learning which was then followed by significant reductions…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Higher Education, Student Attitudes
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Taylor, Christina J. – Teaching of Psychology, 1981
Presents nine exercises designed to help students and teachers become more aware of their attitudes about menstruation and to move beyond the realms of mystery, ignorance, and taboos. Participants list and analyze expressions used to refer to menstruation, discuss pleasant and unpleasant experiences, and recall feelings on first learning of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Psychology, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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Aamodt, Michael G.; Keller, Robert J. – Teaching of Psychology, 1981
This study used the Self-Consciousness Scale to test the hypothesis that socially anxious people could seek to avoid embarrassment and do poorly in small group discussions as a result. Those people high in private self-consciousness (lacking concern for social evaluation) would participate more in discussions. Findings supported the hypothesis.…
Descriptors: Anxiety, Discussion Groups, Group Behavior, Higher Education
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Johnson, William G.; And Others – Teaching of Psychology, 1975
Three components of instruction and withdrawal rates are compared between a traditional lecture and a Personalized Systems of Instruction (PSI) course. The results indicate a more favorable response to the PSI course. (DE)
Descriptors: Course Organization, Educational Research, Higher Education, Individualized Instruction
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