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ERIC Number: EJ991413
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0965-948X
Developing a Psychology Undergraduate Research Community in a New University
Roberts, Patricia; Ertubey, Candan; McMurray, Isabella; Robertson, Ian
Psychology Teaching Review, v18 n2 p82-93 Aut 2012
Psychology is a science-based discipline in which research is inextricably embedded in teaching and learning activities. Educators use different methods to help students in their learning of the nature of research and the practical skills required to conduct research, with students playing either a passive or more active role in the learning process. This paper details the steps taken at a post-1992 university in the UK to involve final-year psychology undergraduate students as researchers in a staff-led neuropsychology project. The theoretical frameworks underpinning this study were the teaching-research nexus and learning communities. The aims of the project were to engage students in active learning and to foster the development of higher order skills--evaluation, synthesis and reflection--through the development of a learning community. A thematic analysis of student questionnaires identified three overarching themes: Bringing theory alive, critical thinking and problem solving skills, and working in research communities. Staff reflections of working on the project are discussed together with future directions. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom