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ERIC Number: EJ882436
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
Enhanced Learning and Retention through "Writing to Learn" in the Psychology Classroom
Stewart, Tracie L.; Myers, Ashley C.; Culley, Marci R.
Teaching of Psychology, v37 n1 p46-49 2010
We assessed the benefits of employing microthemes--short in-class writing assignments designed to facilitate active learning--as pedagogical tools in psychology courses. Students in target course sections completed 10 in-class microthemes during a semester. We designed the microthemes to serve as active learning assignments that would enhance student learning and long-term retention, as well as strengthen students' writing skills. The instructors provided feedback to students on the content and writing quality of each microtheme. Students reported that the microthemes were effective and engaging learning tools. A comparison of essay and multiple-choice scores for students in target versus control course sections suggested the effectiveness of the microthemes for student learning, retention, and writing development. (Contains 2 notes and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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