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ERIC Number: EJ1160268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0965-948X
Exploring Reticence in Research Methods: The Experience of Studying Psychological Research Methods in Higher Education
Kingsley, Barbara E.; Robertson, Julia M.
Psychology Teaching Review, v23 n2 p4-19 2017
As a fundamental element of any psychology degree, the teaching and learning of research methods is repeatedly brought into sharp focus, and it is often regarded as a real challenge by undergraduate students. The reasons for this are complex, but frequently attributed to an aversion of maths. To gain a more detailed understanding of students' relationship with psychological research methods, the current study used small, semi-structured focus groups to explore the experience of undergraduate students at the end of their first year of study. Following a detailed thematic analysis of the interview texts, five overarching themes emerged: prior knowledge of research methods; personal engagement with the module; enabling access to learning; supportive learning content; and personal development. Insights gained from the findings are discussed, including possible helpful interventions, but overall the results suggest a more positive outlook than may have been expected.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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