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Catling, Jonathan; Mason, Victoria; Jones, Tim – Psychology Teaching Review, 2013
Undergraduate students may succeed or fail within their studies for a myriad of different reasons. Within this exploratory study we assess some of the academic, psychosocial and demographic predictors of student attainment. Using a questionnaire, first-year psychology undergraduates were assessed for a number of demographic, socioeconomic,…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Undergraduate Students, Psychology, Academic Achievement
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Karagiannopoulou, Evangelia; Entwistle, Noel – Psychology Teaching Review, 2013
Using a case-study approach, interviews with four final-year psychology students showed different approaches to learning and varying experiences of teaching in courses assessed through open-book exams. Analysis of their experiences, supported by previous research findings, provided insights into the reasons for the contrasting approaches being…
Descriptors: Influences, Intention, Learning Strategies, Case Studies
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Winstone, Naomi; Bretton, Hannah – Psychology Teaching Review, 2013
In negotiating the transition to Higher Education, students bring core expectations from their A-level study that are likely to be different to the lived reality of university study. Bridging the transition to university requires an in-depth understanding of the differences between the imagined and the reality; the expectations and the experience.…
Descriptors: Student Educational Objectives, Expectation, Student Experience, Transitional Programs
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Penn, Felicity; Stephens, Danielle; Morgan, Jessica; Upton, Penney; Upton, Dominic – Psychology Teaching Review, 2013
There is a push for universities to equip graduates with desirable employability skills and "hands-on" experience. This article explores the perceptions of students and staff experiences of a research assistantship scheme. Nine students from the University of Worcester were given the opportunity to work as a student vacation researcher…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Research Assistants, Foreign Countries, Experiential Learning
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Kitching, Helen J.; Hulme, Julie – Psychology Teaching Review, 2013
The transition from school or college to university education is an exciting time for most students, but also one that is filled with new challenges. Students are faced with new styles of teaching and learning, and are required to be more independent and acquire new skill sets. For psychology students, there may be an additional challenge in the…
Descriptors: Psychology, Acceleration (Education), Transitional Programs, College Transfer Students
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Beaton, Susan J.; Forster, Peter M. – Psychology Teaching Review, 2013
A large proportion of students in higher education report feeling bored during lectures, for example, Mann and Robinson (2009) put this figure at 60 per cent. This short article reviews our experiences of using a simple, free Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) service, Skype, to enhance the interest and engagement of students by holding a…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, College Students, Synchronous Communication, Student Interests
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Pawson, Chris; Gardner, Mark R.; Doherty, Sarah; Martin, Laura; Soares, Rute; Edmonds, Caroline J. – Psychology Teaching Review, 2013
While dehydration has negative effects on memory and attention, few studies have investigated whether drinking water can enhance cognitive performance, and none have addressed this in a real-world setting. In this study we explored the potential benefits of the availability of water for undergraduates. The exam performance of students who brought…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Water, Tests, Undergraduate Students
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Upton, Penney; Taylor, Charlotte – Psychology Teaching Review, 2013
Although assessment is acknowledged as being of central importance to the student learning experience, assessment practices have been consistently highlighted as one of the weakest features by the Quality Assurance Agency and identified by many as a crisis within higher education. This paper explores the use of Patchwork Text Assessment within a…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Undergraduate Students, Learning Experience, Psychology
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Coxon, Matthew – Psychology Teaching Review, 2013
Virtual reality is by no means a new technology, yet it is increasingly being used, to different degrees, in education, training, rehabilitation, therapy, and home entertainment. Although the exact reasons for this shift are not the subject of this short opinion piece, it is possible to speculate that decreased costs, and increased performance, of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Influence of Technology, Computer Simulation, Electronic Equipment
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Bersamin, Melina; Zamboanga, Byron L.; Orsak-Neff, Natalie – Psychology Teaching Review, 2013
Using an experimental study design (N = 41), we examined whether participation in an informal writing assignment, specifically writing a letter to a friend about course content, improved exam scores in an undergraduate child development course. Findings indicated that participating in the writing assignment significantly improved scores on an exam…
Descriptors: Letters (Correspondence), Course Content, Assignments, Writing Instruction
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Jones, Tim; Upton, Penney; Wilkinson, Dean J. – Psychology Teaching Review, 2013
The challenges facing UK higher education are both well documented and controversial; however, pitted against this context is the requirement for psychology departments to provide an increasingly rich and diverse university experience for students, whilst ensuring progression and retention remain central to undergraduate provision. Despite the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Orientation, Undergraduate Students, Satisfaction
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Mercer, Jenny; Sander, Paul; Williams, Stella; Jones, Tim – Psychology Teaching Review, 2013
It is well established that the number of males studying psychology in the UK, both at A-level and on degree courses, is disproportionately low compared to females. There is a paucity of research, however, which discusses how psychology is viewed by this group. The present study employed focus groups with 35 pre-tertiary males (some of whom were…
Descriptors: Males, Student Attitudes, Psychology, Foreign Countries
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Aleixo, Paul A.; Norris, Claire E. – Psychology Teaching Review, 2013
Comics and graphic novels have made a greater impact on popular culture in recent years and can be used for enhancing the learning experience of psychology students. One of the best known and respected comic book writers of the last 30 years is Alan Moore, who has included a number of detailed references to psychological studies and experiments in…
Descriptors: Cartoons, Novels, Psychological Studies, Experimental Psychology
Winstone, Naomi; Millward, Lynne – Psychology Teaching Review, 2012
Teaching and assessing large classes can be reframed from focusing on overcoming difficulties with large classes, to seeking the unique educational opportunities provided by such learning environments. We discuss data and examples illustrating how active learning and formative assessment can be successfully embedded into the teaching of large…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Educational Opportunities, Active Learning, Feedback (Response)
Mair, Carolyn – Psychology Teaching Review, 2012
Understanding how students can better manage their expectations has been a topic of interest in pedagogy for some time, yet solutions remain elusive. This paper describes a recent study which aimed to help students make more realistic predictions by increasing their metacognition. At the outset, participants completed a metacognitive awareness…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Reflective Teaching, Prediction, Scores
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