ERIC Number: ED425149
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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The Teaching of Educational Psychology: Comparisons across Student, Instructor, and Course Variables.
Johnson, E. Jean; Saxon, Stacy D.; Shnay, Penny; Ketcher, Bruce R.
This study compared student outcomes and evaluations in nine educational psychology courses across: (1) student variables (age, gender, ethnicity, student status, and major); (2) instructor variables (experience teaching at the college level, experience teaching at the K-12 level, and educational level); and (3) course variables (placement of educational psychology in the program, one- or two-semester sequence, use of case studies, class size, clinical requirements, and number of reflective activities required). The study sample consisted of predominantly undergraduate elementary education majors (n=181) taking educational psychology courses in teacher education programs at three universities over two semesters. Data collection involved pre- and post-course assessments, examination of student grades, and analyses of course materials. Results indicated that there were differences in outcome related to instructor degree, variation in student characteristics, and placement of the educational psychology course in the program and whether it was a one- or two-semester course. An appendix presents the study assessment forms. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Case Studies, College Faculty, College Students, Course Organization, Courses, Educational Psychology, Elementary Secondary Education, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Characteristics, Student Teachers, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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