ERIC Number: EJ1174024
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
How (and Whether) to Teach Undergraduates about the Replication Crisis in Psychological Science
Chopik, William J.; Bremner, Ryan H.; Defever, Andrew M.; Keller, Victor N.
Teaching of Psychology, v45 n2 p158-163 Apr 2018
Over the past 10 years, crises surrounding replication, fraud, and best practices in research methods have dominated discussions in the field of psychology. However, no research exists examining how to communicate these issues to undergraduates and what effect this has on their attitudes toward the field. We developed and validated a 1-hr lecture communicating issues surrounding the replication crisis and current recommendations to increase reproducibility. Pre- and post-lecture surveys suggest that the lecture serves as an excellent pedagogical tool. Following the lecture, students trusted psychological studies slightly less but saw greater similarities between psychology and natural science fields. We discuss challenges for instructors taking the initiative to communicate these issues to undergraduates in an evenhanded way.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Instruction, Replication (Evaluation), Lecture Method, Student Attitudes, Psychological Studies, Research Problems, Student Surveys, Instructional Effectiveness
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Education Level: Higher Education
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