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Sommer, Robert – Teaching of Psychology, 1981
Presents a case study of one college level psychology instructor's (the author's) teaching evaluations over a 20 year period. He discusses how his teaching has been affected by the evaluation process and how he has been able to use teaching evaluations in the academic review process. (RM)
Descriptors: Faculty Evaluation, Higher Education, Psychology, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance
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Sommer, Robert – Teaching of Psychology, 1980
Proposes use of prepublication student evaluations of textbooks. Feedback from students helps to improve comprehensibility and interest and is most useful when done on a chapter-by-chapter basis using a systematic evaluation procedure. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Student Attitudes, Textbook Evaluation
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Norcross, John C.; Sommer, Robert; Clifford, Jennifer S. – Teaching of Psychology, 2001
Explores six methods for incorporating into courses published autobiographies written by individuals suffering from mental disorders: (1) outside readings; (2) examples for classroom lectures; (3) primary texts for discussion sections; (4) remedial or extra-credit assignments; (5) information resources; and (6) source books for topical seminars.…
Descriptors: Autobiographies, Course Content, Course Evaluation, Educational Practices
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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
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Sommer, Robert – Teaching of Psychology, 1989
Describes the development and content of a freshman seminar titled "The Psychology of Mushrooms," which teaches psychology as natural history. This approach allowed the course to proceed from concrete experience to general principals of perception, learning, social, and abnormal psychology. (Author/LS)
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Course Descriptions, Curriculum Development, Experiential Learning
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Sommer, Robert; And Others – Teaching of Psychology, 1988
Reports that variation in textbook prices is not correlated with textbook quality as judged by instructors and that university faculty are less price conscious when selecting textbooks than are community college faculty. States that, if faculty had greater access to price information, textbook prices would decrease. Makes recommendations for…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Higher Education, Professors, Psychology