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ERIC Number: EJ1149785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0965-948X
"Some Students Really Want to Know Obscure Facts about Chi-Square but Others Will Pass out in Terror if You Mention It": Psychology Postgraduates' Experiences of Teaching Research Methods
Davies, Emma L.; Jackson, Emma J.
Psychology Teaching Review, v20 n1 p13-22 Spr 2014
Gaining teaching experience is an important aspect of being a psychology postgraduate. We undertook an online survey of 140 postgraduates from 50 UK institutions to explore their experiences of teaching with a focus on research methods in order to inform training and workshop provision. Of the sample, 91 per cent were involved in some type of teaching; the most commonly reported activity was marking. Participants reported a high level of enjoyment of teaching and thought it was an important part of their future careers. Written responses were received from 85 respondents about their experiences of teaching research methods. Qualitative analysis of these findings allowed us to identify the positive aspects of this experience, such as finding it rewarding to help students with this important area of their learning. Our findings also identified challenges in teaching research methods such as confidence, student disengagement and lack of control over content taught. The findings are discussed in light of their implications for future training provision for postgraduates who teach.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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