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ERIC Number: EJ784815
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
Efficacy of Personal Response Systems ("Clickers") in Large, Introductory Psychology Classes
Morling, Beth; McAuliffe, Meghan; Cohen, Lawrence; DiLorenzo, Thomas M.
Teaching of Psychology, v35 n1 p45-50 Jan 2008
Four sections of introductory psychology participated in a test of personal response systems (commonly called "clickers"). Two sections used clickers to answer multiple-choice quiz questions for extra credit; 2 sections did not. Even though we used clickers very minimally (mainly to administer quizzes and give immediate feedback in class), their use had a small, positive effect on exam scores. On anonymous course evaluations, students in 1 clicker section reported that regular attendance was more important, but otherwise, students in clicker sections (compared to traditional sections) did not report feeling significantly more engaged during class. We suggest that future researchers might combine clicker technology with other, established pedagogical techniques. (Contains 2 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Delaware