ERIC Number: ED294495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
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The Introductory Psychology Class: What Students Want To Know.
Beins, Bernard C.
A technique to increase student participation in lecture classes and to learn about their reaction to the system was used in a large general experimental psychology course. Students were encouraged to submit questions in writing if they felt uncomfortable asking them in class. The students wrote their questions on a separate page in a small booklet that was used to take attendance. The queries could be anonymous if the student desired. Questions were asked for each class; the mean number of questions was 3.95 per class. Thirty-one students submitted questions or comments concerning course content, careers, and procedural matters for the class. A general breakdown of the questions by category is provided. Students were highly satisfied with this method for taking attendance and dealing with their questions. Benefits from using this system to generate questions include: the finding that students are very interested in career prospects and salary; letting students know that the teacher is interested in answering their questions; being able to review or adjust lectures based on student questions; and providing a means for shy students to ask questions. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Atlanta, GA, August 12-16, 1988).