ERIC Number: ED454761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jun-14
Student Organization of Psychological Content as a Predictor of College Classroom Success.
Herman, William E.
The organization of knowledge has been identified as a crucial element for the facilitation of learning based on theories of teaching for understanding, information processing, schemata development, and constructivism. This study reports on the validation of a teaching and learning tool through an investigation in which 44 college students attempted to list the names of 21 psychological theories and 52 conceptual terms covered in a psychology course on a grid chart that included these psychological viewpoints: psychoanalytic, behavioristic, humanistic, and cognitive. Correct answers for the names of theorists and concepts under the proper headings were positively related to class examination performance at statistically significant levels. Error scores were not found to be statistically significant in relation to class achievement. The results support the belief that students who correctly organized psychological knowledge tended to be more likely to achieve success in the course. Three appendixes contain the list of theorists and concepts and the learning task grid sheet and answer key. (Contains 1 table and 13 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (8th, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 14, 2001).