ERIC Number: EJ1122579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Undergraduate Psychological Writing: A Best Practices Guide and National Survey
Ishak, Shaziela; Salter, Nicholas P.
Teaching of Psychology, v44 n1 p5-17 Jan 2017
There is no comprehensive guide for teaching psychological writing, and little is known about how often instructors teach the topic. We present a best practices guide for teaching psychological writing beyond just American Psychological Association style, discuss psychology-specific writing assignments, and examine psychological writing instruction. In an online survey, 177 psychology instructors across the United States reported on psychological writing instruction and their writing assignments. In general, we found that instructors reported using many best practices. Comparisons between courses revealed that instructors use course-specific writing instruction such that it becomes progressively complex across courses. However, instructors might not provide students with enough training to successfully complete assignments. Instructors assign diverse assignments, though, suggesting that students get varied practice at psychology-specific writing.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Undergraduate Study, Best Practices, National Surveys, Writing Instruction, Online Surveys, Writing Assignments, Comparative Analysis, Writing Teachers, Writing Skills, Technical Writing, Statistical Analysis, Writing Across the Curriculum, Likert Scales
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