ERIC Number: ED210964
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Augmenting Classroom Experience.
Matthews, Janet R.
Supplemental activities that can be provided by an academic department are examined. The development of a psychology departmental colloquium series, the formation of a psychology club, the supervision of a field placement course, and the participation of faculty in specialty advising for pre-law and pre-health science students are considered. The colloquium series is discussed in relation to initiating, coordinating, and maintaining such a program as well as the specific objectives developed for the model series. The following objectives guided the development of the series: to illustrate the variety of activities engaged in by psychologists, to provide a public forum for psychology faculty and students to present their scholarly work, and to stimulate additional scholarly activity among faculty and students. Topics addressed during the first four years of the series are listed. The psychology club is addressed from a social as well as an intellectual growth perspective. In addition to some social gatherings, the club has sponsored service functions (e.g., special events for hospitalized children), and has addressed the issue of learning more about the profession of psychology. The field placement course has required both classroom and on-site time. The way that this type of course can be integrated into the overall patterns of the department is considered. It is suggested that specialty advising can aid not only individual students but also can increase the effectiveness of the departmental advising process. Methods for maximizing this function are examined. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Clubs, Curriculum Enrichment, Departments, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, Occupational Information, Program Development, Psychology, Scholarship, Seminars, Speeches, Student Development, Student Experience, Student Participation
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (August 1981).