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ERIC Number: EJ1077448
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1475-7257
Enhancing Introductory Psychology Students' Appreciation of Research: A Multidimensional Scaling Classroom Activity
McConnell, William; Marton, John P.
Psychology Learning and Teaching, v12 n2 p179-184 Jun 2013
In an attempt to influence students' appreciation of the value of research, the authors introduced a multidimensional scaling activity in a section of introductory psychology. In two consecutive 80-minute classes, 32 students worked in pairs, categorizing 20 crimes on the basis of similarity and coding their partner's responses, and then worked in groups of 4, interpreting a 2-dimensional solution of the pooled data. The students' appreciation of the value of research was assessed at the beginning and end of the course, using a second section of 36 students as a comparison group. It was found that appreciation of research increased significantly in the section that completed the activity. The authors recommend incorporating research activities into introductory courses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Need for Cognition Scale; NEO Five Factor Inventory