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Hunt, Maree J.; Macaskill, Anne C. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
Taking an ethical approach to using nonhuman animals in teaching requires assessment of the learning benefits of using animals and how these compare to the benefits of alternative teaching practices. It is also important to consider whether students have ethical reservations about completing exercises with animals. We compared upper level…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Active Learning, Animals, Psychology
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Bartels, Jared M.; Peters, Daniel – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
The present study examined 12 abnormal psychology textbooks to determine whether Rosenhan's classic study, "Being sane in insane places," was covered, and if so, the nature of that coverage. Only 50% covered the study, with all describing the study as demonstrating the biasing power of psychiatric labels. Two key aspects of the study…
Descriptors: Psychology, Textbooks, Content Analysis, Psychiatry
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Reber, Jeffrey S.; Downs, Samuel D.; Peterson Nelson, Julie A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
This study employed a quasi-experimental design to test the effects of three pedagogies on learning outcomes in a simulated psychology of gender lecture. Results showed that meaning and relational pedagogies, as well as a combination of meaning, relational, and explanatory pedagogies, significantly improved participant learning beyond self-study…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Outcomes of Education, 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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Slezak, Jonathan M.; Faas, Caitlin – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
This study implemented the components of interteaching as a probe to teach American Psychological Association (APA) Style to undergraduate university students in a psychology research methods and statistics course. The interteaching method was compared to the traditional lecture-based approach between two sections of the course with the same…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Undergraduate Students, Courses, Research Methodology
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McDonnell, Gerald P.; Dodd, Michael D. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
In the present article, we describe a course exercise in which students were administered four course evaluation forms throughout the semester, on which they provided their overall impressions of the class as well as their desire to change certain aspects of the course. Critically, during the semester, a total of three changes were made to the…
Descriptors: Course Organization, Course Evaluation, Change, Undergraduate Students
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Boccio, Dana E.; Macari, Andrea M. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
The "American Psychologist" did not regularly publish the obituaries of prominent psychologists until 1979. The objective of the obituary section was not to canonize the deceased, but rather to respond to the field's budding interest in the history of psychology. This article argues that the obituary, when viewed as a historical…
Descriptors: Psychology, Instructional Materials, Psychologists, Introductory Courses
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Crittle, Chelsea; Maddox, Keith B. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
Research in social psychology has the potential to address real-world issues involving racial stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. Literature on confrontation suggests that addressing racism can be seen as a persuasive act that will allow for more effective interpersonal interactions. In this article, we explore the persuasive…
Descriptors: Social Bias, Social Psychology, Teaching Methods, Stereotypes
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Guest, Andrew M.; Simmons, Zachary L.; Downs, Andrew; Pitzer, Mark R. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
Teachers of psychology tend to agree that learning about diversity is an important goal for undergraduate psychology courses. There is significantly less agreement about what aspects of diversity psychology students should understand. The current research proposes and investigates two potentially distinct ways students might understand diversity:…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Psychology, Cultural Pluralism, Undergraduate Students
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Nagy, Laura M.; Baer, Ruth A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
Mindfulness, which is best understood as nonjudgmental, present-centered awareness, originated in ancient Eastern traditions but has been adapted for use in Western, secular settings. The present article reviews the quickly burgeoning field of mindfulness research for teachers of psychology, including the most common mindfulness-based treatments…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Teaching Methods, Psychology, Mental Health
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Carman, Carol A.; Bartsch, Robert A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
One method to increase flexibility in class offerings is through the use of compressed courses, classes that have the same number of contact hours but over a shorter time period (e.g., 8 weeks vs. 15 weeks). Before offering these courses, it is important to determine whether they lead to equivalent or better student outcomes. This study examined…
Descriptors: Outcome Measures, Graduate Students, Program Length, Statistics
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Wu, Jennifer; Kraemer, Philipp – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
This project describes the results from a large enrollment introductory psychology course specially designed to improve performance of first-year students. The main objective of the project was to identify early indicators of student success to inform future teaching and promote classroom engagement. Variables representing academic preparation,…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Introductory Courses, Psychology, Academic Achievement
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Wentworth, Diane Keyser; Whitmarsh, Lona – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
Teaching the general psychology course provides instructors with the opportunity to invite students to explore the dynamics of behavior and mental processes through the lens of theory and research. Three innovative writing assignments were developed to teach students to think like a psychologist, operationalized as enhancing critical thinking,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Psychology, Introductory Courses, Writing Assignments
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Busler, Jessica; Kirk, Claire; Keeley, Jared; Buskist, William – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
Across three phases, we investigated college students' perceptions of poor college teaching to develop a typology of poor teaching behaviors. In Phase 1, students generated a list of qualities representative of poor teaching. In Phase 2, another group of students assigned behavioral correspondents to these qualities, resulting in a list of 15 poor…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, College Faculty, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teacher Characteristics
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Nevid, Jeffrey S.; Ambrose, Michael A.; Pyun, Yea Seul – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
Our study examined whether brief writing-to-learn assignments linked to lower and higher levels in Bloom's taxonomy affected performance differentially on examination performance in assessing these skill levels. Using a quasi-random design, 91 undergraduate students in an introductory psychology class completed eight lower level and eight higher…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Introductory Courses, Psychology, Writing Assignments
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