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ERIC Number: EJ817228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
Perceived Usefulness of Learning Outcomes Predicts Ratings of Departmental Helpfulness
Marsh, Patricia A.; Poepsel, Dennis L.
Teaching of Psychology, v35 n4 p335-342 Oct 2008
Psychology seniors at a Midwest university reflected on the student learning outcomes (SLOs) for the major. This study examined the relations among students' perceived usefulness of the SLOs, measures of learning, ratings of self-confidence in their knowledge of psychology, and evaluations of the department's helpfulness in students' skill development. Correlations showed few significant relations between usefulness of the SLOs and measures of learning and no relations with ratings of self-confidence. Perceived usefulness of the outcomes was a significant predictor of the department's perceived helpfulness in students' skill development. However, students' perceptions of the department dropped significantly by the end of the capstone course. We discuss implications related to activities teachers might use to enhance learning. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A