ERIC Number: EJ1077449
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Assessment of a Brief Oral Presentation Assignment in Biopsychology
Sleigh, Merry J.
Psychology Learning and Teaching, v12 n3 p246-252 Sep 2013
This study examined the suitability of a brief oral presentation exercise as an assessment method in biopsychology. Undergraduate students researched and presented a five-minute, self-selected fact related to course material, allowing them to practice oral communication skills, such as clearly explaining and carefully listening. Biopsychology students were compared to a similar group of students who did not participate in the brief oral presentation. When asked to rank potential class assignments, biopsychology students showed a stronger preference for oral presentations than did the comparison group. Biopsychology students expressed positive attitudes about the assignment and demonstrated learning related to the oral presentations. This exercise provided the additional benefits to the instructor of keeping the class content current and relevant to students.
Descriptors: Oral Communication Method, Video Technology, Assignments, Psychology, Evaluation Methods, Undergraduate Students, Communication Skills, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Preferences, Learning Activities, Class Activities, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Likert Scales, Academic Achievement, Teaching Methods, Intermode Differences, Student Evaluation, Multivariate Analysis
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