ERIC Number: ED365401
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Learning by Using a Symposium as an Authentic Assessment Technique.
Craft, Donald D.
During the academic year, psychology students at Wytheville Community College are exposed to many aspects of psychology and psychological research. After students complete several minor research projects, they undertake a psychology symposium. Students are divided into small groups, and each group presents a research idea to the instructor. When the idea is approved, a formal proposal for a research project, which must have a minimum of 100 subjects, is submitted. After the research is completed and a written report is prepared, a public symposium is held at which each group presents its project and fields questions from the audience. The specific objectives of the symposium are for students to demonstrate their knowledge of various aspects of psychology, to provide students with the opportunity to conduct psychological research with an emphasis on quality and ethics, and to teach students to obtain scientific evidence with an open mind and analyze resulting data and draw appropriate conclusions. In addition, students learn lifetime skills by analyzing group situations, solving problems cooperatively, thinking critically and objectively, organizing their work, seeking help when needed, communicating through writing and public speaking, applying knowledge, and making responsible decisions. A timeline for the psychology symposium is included. (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Wytheville Community College VA
Note: In: Teaching of Psychology: Ideas and Innovations. Proceedings of the Annual Conference on Undergraduate Teaching of Psychology (7th, Ellenville, New York, March 24-26, 1993); see JC 940 159.