ERIC Number: EJ1132232
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Characteristics of Psychology Students Who Serve as Research Assistants
Pawlow, Laura A.; Meinz, Elizabeth J.
College Student Journal, v51 n1 p77-80 Spr 2017
Participation in undergraduate research has been shown to provide a wide array of benefits across many disciplines of study; however, relatively less is known about the impact of this experience on Psychology majors specifically. We collected measures of Psychology students' (N = 229) knowledge of the major (career, core, and statistics/methodology knowledge), critical thinking, writing skills and self-reported technology skills (regarding SPSS and PowerPoint) to investigate the characteristics of students who had served as Research Assistants (RAs) in the department. RAs had significantly higher career, core, and statistics/methodology knowledge, higher critical thinking and writing skills, and higher self-reported SPSS skills than non-RAs, highlighting specific ways in which participating in laboratory-based research experiences may benefit undergraduate students majoring in Psychology.
Descriptors: Student Characteristics, Research Assistants, Psychology, Undergraduate Students, Participatory Research, Research Projects, Student Participation, Student Experience, Exit Examinations, Multiple Choice Tests, Technological Literacy, Performance Based Assessment, Majors (Students)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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