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ERIC Number: ED389372
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar-23
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Revealing Their Riches.
Lohmueller, Mary Ann
An innovative approach to teaching undergraduate psychology in a self-directed group discussion format was implemented at Raymond Walters College, in Ohio, based on premises from the active learning and employee involvement movements holding that adults achieve more when they are actively involved in their own learning and that students are capable of taking responsibility for their own learning. In the course, class meetings consist of group discussions and activities, with students required to participate in the discussions and activities, write chapter discussion worksheets for each chapter of text covered in the course, lead one group discussion and one experiential activity per term, and participate in a final group discussion exam. Based on 2 years worth of oral and written comments, learners have consistently described the course as excellent and reported high achievement in communication skills and self-confidence. Faculty comments have pointed to the strong level of participation and enthusiasm among students. Limitations of the format include initial attrition due to introverted or passive students, the need for small classes with longer meeting times, the tendency for grades to be inflated, and discomfort over the "non-teaching" role of faculty. Appendixes provide the course syllabus, a guide to group discussion, sample discussion worksheets, and a sample evaluation form. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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Note: In: Teaching of Psychology: Ideas and Innovations. Proceedings of the Annual Conference on Undergraduate Teaching of Psychology (9th, Ellenville, NY, March 22-24, 1995); see JC 960 009.