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Sommer, Robert; Sommer, Barbara A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2009
Surveys in 2 undergraduate psychology classes (N = 86) found that students felt less comfortable taking all-essay tests than taking multiple-choice or short-answer tests. The dominant examination format for students in university and in high school had been multiple-choice tests. We describe measures to encourage essay writing in large classes.…
Descriptors: Essay Tests, Psychology, Student Attitudes, Negative Attitudes
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Sommer, Robert; Sommer, Barbara A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2007
A survey in 2 undergraduate psychology classes (N = 93) found ambivalent attitudes toward credit for classroom participation. Although students viewed credit as a way to increase interaction and improve attendance, they also believed it could stimulate irrelevant comments and penalize shy students. The following year, in a class of 49 students,…
Descriptors: Psychology, Undergraduate Study, Undergraduate Students, Attendance
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Sommer, Barbara A.; Sommer, Robert – Teaching of Psychology, 2003
A hands-on lab for a lower division research methods course used an online format with Web page, Web forms, an e-mail listproc, and chat room. The virtual section received a higher rating for overall value than did the in-person labs. Students liked its convenience and flexibility. There were no significant differences in examination performance…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Methods Courses, Computer Uses in Education, Internet
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Sommer, Robert; Sommer, Barbara A. – Teaching of Psychology, 1991
Discusses the teaching of psychology at the Tallinn Pedagogical Institute in Estonia (Soviet Union). Suggests that teaching occurs without textbooks, library books, handouts, copying machines, or office meetings with students. Reports that students' views of intergroup relations were unlike the views of Western students. Concludes that much of…
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Cultural Differences, Educational Resources, Foreign Countries