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ERIC Number: EJ828979
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0094-1956
Using the Psychic Blue Dot to Teach about Science (and Pseudoscience)
Ashton, William A.
Journal of Instructional Psychology, v35 n4 p409-412 Dec 2008
A new teaching method is described for teaching research methods in an Introductory Psychology curriculum with the goals of making the section on research methods more interesting, providing an active learning environment for research methods and to allow students to examine scientifically the claims of pseudoscience. Student groups created and conducted experiments to test the claims made of the psychic blue dot and described their projects in brief papers. An evaluation of the projects found that students did find the project interesting and the students felt that the project was useful in learning research methodology concepts. Students did not report being more wary of claims of pseudoscience. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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