ERIC Number: EJ1103581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
The Importance and Interest of Introductory Psychology Textbook Topics: Student Opinions at Technical College, 2-, and 4-Year Institutions
McCann, Lee I.; Immel, Kathy R.; Kadah-Ammeter, Tammy L.; Adelson, Sarah K.
Teaching of Psychology, v43 n3 p215-220 Jul 2016
Introductory psychology students at a technical college, 2-year community college, and a regional university rated how important textbook chapters or topics were to them now and in the future and how interesting they were. Importance and interest ratings were highly correlated, and the whole course was rated of greater importance and interest than was any individual topic. Most topics were ranked between important and quite important both currently and for the future, and university students typically rated both topic importance and interest higher. Males rated statistics of greater interest than did females; females rated importance of developmental now and in the future higher than did males. Women also rated current and future importance and interest in abnormal psychology and the future importance of therapy higher. Implications for introductory psychology instructors, departments, and advisors are discussed.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Introductory Courses, Psychology, Technical Institutes, Community Colleges, Two Year Colleges, Two Year College Students, Colleges, Universities, College Students, Textbooks, Higher Education, Comparative Analysis, Textbook Content, Textbook Selection, Textbook Evaluation, Pretests Posttests, Questionnaires, Statistical Analysis, Least Squares Statistics, Correlation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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