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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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Allen, Gordon A. – Teaching of Psychology, 1981
References to the similarities between X2 statistical test and Weber's Law help to introduce psychology students to statistics. Although the two ideas have significantly different theoretical basis, their shared focus on thresholds of perceptible differences help students relate other psychological concepts to apparently alien statistical…
Descriptors: Experimental Psychology, Goodness of Fit, Higher Education, Perception
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Palladino, Joseph J.; And Others – Teaching of Psychology, 1981
Discusses how biofeedback is being incorporated into the psychology curricula of undergraduate liberal arts colleges. Two hundred colleges were surveyed. Included is a discussion of biofeedback instrumentation and descriptions of a course, a field experience, and a workshop. Also examinded is a biofeedback innovation in a research-treatment…
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Educational Research, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education
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Hobbs, Stephen H. – Teaching of Psychology, 1981
Study compares withdrawal rates, attitudes, and test performances of college students who were allowed to proceed through an introductory psychology course at their own pace with those kept on an instructor pace. Superior performance was obtained from instructor-paced students. (RM)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Higher Education, Independent Study, Individualized Instruction
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Miller, Arden – Teaching of Psychology, 1981
Psychology departments in U.S., Canadian, English, and Irish universities were asked to describe their practices concerning student participation as subjects in experiments. Experimental participation as a requirement, with other options to fulfill that requirement, has become the most popular form of subject pool. The educational value is…
Descriptors: College Students, Comparative Education, Experimental Psychology, Experiments
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Shoemaker, Robert K.; And Others – Teaching of Psychology, 1981
Evaluates an adult education course designed to provide information and promote attitudinal change regarding bereavement, terminal illness, the hospice movement, and ability to talk about death and dying. Pre- and posttests were administered. Three of the four attitudinal changes were obtained. (RM)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, Attitude Change, Course Evaluation
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Evans, James D. – Teaching of Psychology, 1981
Describes and evaluates a college level psychology of aging course which actively involved students in projects that integrated personal experience with cognitive learning. Intellectual mastery is a sufficient goal in many college courses. However, in courses on aging, additional objectives, such as emotional growth and attitude change, must be…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Course Descriptions, Course Evaluation, Educational Objectives
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Maple, Terry L. – Teaching of Psychology, 1981
Describes a comparative psychology course in which advanced college students learn by observing animals in their natural habitats in Kenya. The author tells how the objectives of master of observation, taxa adaptive behavior, echo systems, conservation, and field methods are satisfied. (RM)
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Conservation (Environment), Course Descriptions, Educational Objectives
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Turtle, Alison M. – Teaching of Psychology, 1982
Advanced and alternative ordinary psychology programs are offered at the secondary level in the United Kindgom. Enrollment is increasing, particularly among women. Universities and the British Psychological Society are not actively involved with the programs. The program content does not emphasize personality growth. (AM)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Curriculum Development, Enrollment Trends, Extension Education
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Nowaczyk, Ronald H.; Frey, Jerry D. – Teaching of Psychology, 1982
Describes a study that found that undergraduate grade-point average and number of semester hours completed in psychology do influence student performance on the psychology test of the Graduate Record Examination. However, this and previous studies have not revealed academic factors to be the strongest influence. More research is needed. (RM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Research, Grade Point Average, Higher Education
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Calhoun, Lawrence G.; Long, Gary T. – Teaching of Psychology, 1982
Describes three psychology professors' changes in attitude and teaching methods resulting from an international exchange experience in Great Britain. Each experienced increased job satisfaction and raised expectations for their students' capabilities. In their classes, they used more small group activities and stressed more writing and critical…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Higher Education, International Educational Exchange, Psychology
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Ackil, James E.; Ward, Eric F. – Teaching of Psychology, 1982
Compares the advantages of using chickens over rats in college-level introductory psychology lab courses. Chicks are cheaper, gentler, easier to handle, and require less time to adapt to laboratory conditions than rats. They are also easy to condition and impervious to distraction by room noise. (AM)
Descriptors: Experimental Psychology, Higher Education, Introductory Courses, Laboratory Animals
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Diekhoff, George M. – Teaching of Psychology, 1982
Describes how cognitive maps can help to stimulate discussion of the structural inter-relationships of psychological theory in college-level history of psychology classes. The author describes a cognitive mapping activity in which students pair prominent theorists and theories, rate their degrees of similarity, and graph the relationships of their…
Descriptors: Higher Education, History, Psychologists, Psychology
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Shaffer, Leigh S. – Teaching of Psychology, 1982
Describes a demonstration for college-level cognitive psychology classes of Miller's "Magical Number Seven" concept of the limitation of sensory capacity for processing information. Students report on the number of pennies they observed in a box after viewing the coins for two seconds. Demonstration results consistently support Miller's…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Higher Education, Introductory Courses, Psychology
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Webb, Wise B. – Teaching of Psychology, 1981
Reviews the role of consciousness within the discipline of psychology (including psychology research and textbooks). Presents information on the nature of consciousness, problems with consciousness, the mind/ matter controversy, and the state of the art of consciousness within psychology today. Concludes that there is a shift in psychology toward…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Emotional Development, Higher Education, Individual Psychology
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