ERIC Number: ED388125
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Oct-14
Teaching Educational Psychology Using Primary Sources: What Do the Students Say?
Dutt, Karen M.; And Others
This study sought to compare undergraduate's perceptions of and attitudes toward an educational psychology course in which two distinct types of course readings were used, namely an education psychology textbook versus primary sources. A total of 15 students were enrolled in the course during the fall semester and used the textbooks (Anita Woolfolk's "Educational Psychology" and "Readings and Cases in Educational Psychology") while 23 students were enrolled in the course during the spring semester and used primary source readings ("For the Children: Lessons from a Visionary Principal" (Cartright); "Approaches to Teaching" (Fenstermacher); "Among Schoolchildren" (Kidder); "In There with the Kids" (Kobrin); "Perspectives on Learning" (Phillips); "Horace's School (Sizer); and"Getting Down to Cases" (Wasserman)). At the end of each semester students responded to a questionnaire and were interviewed about the course readings. The results indicated that students whose assigned readings came from the textbook were less satisfied with the course readings than those students who were assigned primary source readings. Students assigned the textbook readings also described the readings as too simple. Students using the textbook felt that the author provided a narrow perspective on the issues discussed, whereas students using the primary source readings cited the benefits of multiple perspectives. (Contains 13 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Midwestern Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 14, 1994).