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ERIC Number: EJ1146516
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0965-948X
Teaching Psychological Research Methods through a Pragmatic and Programmatic Approach
Rosenkranz, Patrick; Fielden, Amy; Tzemou, Effy
Psychology Teaching Review, v20 n2 p28-35 Win 2014
Research methods teaching in psychology is pivotal in preparing students for the transition from student as learner to independent practitioner. We took an action research approach to re-design, implement and evaluate a module guiding students through a programmatic and pragmatic research cycle. These revisions allow students to experience how diverse psychological methods can be united within a programme of research, whilst working as collaborators. In three sequential studies, researching the same topic, the module integrates qualitative methods with psychometric scale development and finally, hypothesis testing. The evaluation highlighted that students developed a diverse range of transferable skills, but experienced uncertainty associated with the research process and anxiety attributed to the less definitive guidance provided by staff. Interestingly, the reflection prompted by the evaluation methods facilitated student appreciation of this process and its value in preparing them for their final year project.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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