ERIC Number: ED419195
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Student Publications Enhance Teaching: Experimental Psychology and Research Methods Courses.
Ware, Mark E.; Davis, Stephen F.
Recent years have witnessed an increased emphasis on the professional development of undergraduate psychology students. One major thrust of this professional development has been on research that results in a convention presentation or journal publication. Research leading to journal publication is becoming a requirement for admission to many graduate programs. It is therefore important to assist undergraduate students in the accumulation of skills required to conduct research and to write articles for publication. To help students in these efforts, several exercises involving the use of a journal that only publishes undergraduate students' research were conducted. The journal is intended to teach students about statistical, design, and American Psychological Association (APA)-format issues for empirical studies and literature reviews. Participants for this study were students in statistics, research methods, and personality classes at private and public universities in Nebraska, Kansas, and Arkansas. Students were asked to perform eight exercises. Their narrative reactions to the exercises indicated that they found the journal articles written by undergraduates helpful in gaining insight into the uses of statistical techniques and research methods, as well as clarification about APA-style writing. (MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (105th, Chicago, IL, August 15-19, 1997).