ERIC Number: ED189996
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
The Role of Research in Undergraduate Psychology Education.
Aller, Wayne K.
Information is presented on the role of research in the undergraduate psychology curriculum. The kind of research experiences undergraduates are provided and the importance of research experience to graduate school admission has been studied. Ninety-two percent of 60 randomly selected schools of five different types require an introductory experimental course (in addition to statistics), while 63 percent require some sort of advanced research course or project. A survey of the American Psychological Association revealed that the number of students enrolled where undergraduate research is highly valued as an admission criterion constitute about 50 percent of masters-only-program students, and 71 percent of doctoral-program students, with child/developmental and industrial programs valuing undergraduate research the most. An apprenticeship system is described wherein junior/senior majors work with professors in the procedure planning, the data collection and analysis, and conclusion drawing stages of research, which culminates when students present papers at professional conferences. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (1980).