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Simon-Dack, Stephanie L. – Teaching of Psychology, 2014
For this simple active learning technique for teaching, students are assigned "roles" and act out the process of the action potential (AP), including the firing threshold, ion-specific channels for ions to enter and leave the cell, diffusion, and the refractory period. Pre-post test results indicated that students demonstrated increased…
Descriptors: Active Learning, College Students, Biology, Psychology
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Lawson, Timothy J.; Bodle, James H.; McDonough, Tracy A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2007
We examined the effectiveness of several techniques for enhancing student learning from educational videos. Introductory psychology students (N = 113) watched a video about intelligence and testing while taking notes, not taking notes, writing answers to guiding questions, or thinking about guiding questions without writing answers. Afterward,…
Descriptors: Notetaking, Videotape Recordings, Learning Strategies, Tests
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Connor-Greene, Patricia A.; Greene, Dan J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2002
The proliferation of information on the Internet introduces new challenges for educators. Although the Internet can provide quick and easy access to a wealth of information, it has virtually no quality control. Consequently, the Internet has rendered faculty more essential than ever as teachers of the analytic and evaluative skills students need…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Student Attitudes, Criticism, Group Discussion
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Miller, Richard L.; And Others – Teaching of Psychology, 1996
Describes an undergraduate psychology class that required the students to either write an essay (counterattitudinal advocacy) or read an essay supporting a scientifically acceptable position contrary to one of their beliefs. Maintains that counterattitudinal advocacy is more effective for overcoming beginning students' erroneous beliefs about…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Change Agents, Change Strategies, College Students
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Fernald, Dodge – Teaching of Psychology, 1996
Discusses the uses and benefits of Narrative Assisted Instruction (NAI). This technique uses a story or narrative to illustrate specific content instruction thereby increasing student motivation, comprehension, and memory of the material. Uses NAI to illustrate these concepts by recounting the story of the Wild Boy of Aveyron. (MJP)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Comprehension, Educational History, Foreign Countries
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Worthington, Everett L., Jr.; And Others – Teaching of Psychology, 1996
Reports on a study that contrasted learning outcomes of students in a class that incorporated computer assisted instruction (CAI) exercises with those of a lecture-only class. Students in the lecture-plus CAI class scored higher than those in the lecture-only class, specifically regarding material covered in the class. (MJP)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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Dunn, Dana S. – Teaching of Psychology, 1996
Describes a collaborative writing project in which students must identify key variables, search and read relevant literature, and reason through a research idea by working closely with a partner. The end result is a polished laboratory report in the APA style. The class includes a peer review workshop prior to final editing. (MJP)
Descriptors: Collaborative Writing, Cooperative Learning, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness
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Procidano, Mary E. – Teaching of Psychology, 1991
Presents a study in which students in an abnormal psychology class rated the usefulness of drafts for two writing assignments. Reports that a research proposal was more effective than a case study in generating interest in psychology and opportunity for creativity. Concludes that writing assignments should reflect important aspects of a…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Course Evaluation, Creativity, Feedback
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Strube, Michael J. – Teaching of Psychology, 1991
Presents 2 lists of 10 rules each summarizing considerations for effective and ineffective teaching. Recommends lists of rules as manageable amounts of information that provide retrieval cues for the information on which the lists are based. Suggests that the generation of lists can be an educational exercise. (DK)
Descriptors: Course Objectives, Evaluative Thinking, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness
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Lowe, Dennis W.; Brock, Julie – Teaching of Psychology, 1994
Reports on a study that compared graduate student and faculty views of effective psychology courses. Finds that students placed greater emphasis on course components directly related to their class performance. Suggests strategies for addressing the different perspectives of students and faculty. (CFR)
Descriptors: College Students, Course Descriptions, Course Evaluation, Degrees (Academic)
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Stadtlander, Lee M. – Teaching of Psychology, 1998
Provides some cursory guidance on the mechanics of establishing and instructing in a virtual classroom. Briefly discusses the history and central issues of distance education, describes how to teach an online virtual seminar, and offers recommendations for future courses. Discusses such issues as instructor availability, directing discussions,…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education
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Wesp, Richard – Teaching of Psychology, 1992
Reports on a study of peer teaching through small group instruction in a college level psychology program. Describes how upper level undergraduate students designed, implemented, and evaluated projects to teach psychology to introductory students. Finds that both the introductory and advanced students enjoyed the experience and recommended that…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Cross Age Teaching, Curriculum Design, Higher Education
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Taylor, Paul – Teaching of Psychology, 1992
Describes a training program to improve graduate psychology students' seminar presentation skills. Outlines the behavior modeling and interviews with professors used in the training. Concludes that the project was evaluated favorably by professors in other courses where students made presentations and by the students themselves. (CFR)
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness
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Carkenord, David M.; Bullington, Joseph – Teaching of Psychology, 1993
Describes a classroom procedure that induces cognitive dissonance in students by pointing out inconsistencies between their behavior and attitudes. Argues that this technique makes teaching about cognitive dissonance easier. Reports that students positively evaluated the effectiveness of the activity. (CFR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Dissonance, Congruence (Psychology), Course Content, Educational Strategies
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Katz, Barry; Tomazic, Terry J. – Teaching of Psychology, 1993
Describes primary and supplemental textbooks on nonparametric statistics. Lists conceptual and applied articles using these techniques. Recommends using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS-X) computer statistical analysis program. (CFR)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Material Evaluation, Instructional Materials
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