ERIC Number: ED297670
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
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The Introductory Psychology Journal: A Technique for Increasing Course Relevance.
Finke, Gretchen R.; Davis, Stephen F.
The use of a student journal to relate the material covered in a particular course to real-life experiences has proven to be an effective technique that can be utilized in a wide variety of courses. This technique was adapted for use with two sections of Introductory Psychology at Emporia State University (Kansas). Students were required to write a journal rather than a term paper during the semester. The instructions provided to the students were to analyze everyday occurrences in the terminology of psychology, applying the theories and principles of psychology. Students were told to illustrate psychology with personal examples and were instructed to hand in the journal 10 times during the semester, with feedback provided each time. On each hand-in date, the journals had to have two written pages of quality material. This project was intended to enhance student understanding of psychology, teach the students to think, and add a more individualized element to a predominantly lecture-type course. A 38-item questionnaire was developed to evaluate the effectiveness of the journal project. Most of the questions were evaluated on a five-point Likert scale. Results of the study indicate that the students enjoyed the project and were encouraged to learn more about psychology and its relevance to their own lives. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (Tulsa, OK, April 21-23, 1988).