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Gervasio, Amy Herstein; Wendorf, Craig A.; Yoder, Natalie F. – Teaching of Psychology, 2010
We developed an 11-item Psychology as a Helping Profession (PHP) scale that measured aspects of personal growth/helping skills and applied helping. The scale was only weakly correlated with Friedrich's (1996) Psychology as Science (PAS) scale, implying that the 2 scales measure different conceptions of the nature of psychology. Psychology majors…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Measures (Individuals), Psychology, Evaluation Methods
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Drouin, Michelle A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2010
In this study, I examined the effectiveness of a group exam review activity on students' long-term retention of concepts and satisfaction. As part of a formative summative assessment activity (FSA; Wininger, 2005), students worked either individually or collaboratively on an exam review activity in the class periods following the 2 unit exams.…
Descriptors: Group Activities, Cooperative Learning, Tests, Evaluation Methods
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Franz, Timothy M.; Vicker, Lauren A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2010
We report about an active learning demonstration designed to use a virtual class to present computer-mediated group communication course concepts to show that students can learn about these concepts in a virtual class. We designated 1 class period as a virtual rather than face-to-face class, when class members "attended" virtually using…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Group Dynamics, Interdisciplinary Approach, Team Teaching
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Copeland, David E.; Scott, Jenna R.; Houska, Jeremy Ashton – Teaching of Psychology, 2010
This study examined the costs and benefits of using demonstrations in an upper level psychology course. For 6 topics, half of the class read a chapter that explained the concept and theoretical explanations for the described effects, and the other half participated in a demonstration in addition to the reading. Students overwhelmingly reported…
Descriptors: Cognitive Psychology, Learning Experience, Educational Benefits, Textbooks
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Saville, Bryan K.; Zinn, Tracy E.; Brown, Allison R.; Marchuk, Kimberly A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2010
Although syllabi provide students with important course information, they can also affect perceptions of teaching effectiveness. To test this idea, we distributed 2 versions of a hypothetical course syllabus, a brief version and a detailed version, and asked students to rate the teacher of the course on qualities associated with master teaching.…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Student Attitudes, Course Descriptions, Higher Education
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Simpson, Kevin E. – Teaching of Psychology, 2009
Genius-level achievement is a natural draw for undergraduate students, both as a cultural phenomenon and as a topic domain within the science of psychology. Yet within the teaching of psychology literature, the psychology of genius has been largely ignored. I designed a course that combines primary source material drawn from existing empirical…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Gifted, Primary Sources, Psychology
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Sizemore, O. J.; Lewandowski, Gary W., Jr. – Teaching of Psychology, 2009
Students completed surveys at the beginning and end of a sophomore-level course on research and statistics. We hypothesized that the course would produce advances in knowledge of research and statistics and that those changes would be accompanied by more favorable attitudes toward the subject matter. Results showed that knowledge did increase…
Descriptors: Methods Courses, Student Attitudes, Research Methodology, Attitude Measures
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Legg, Angela M.; Wilson, Janie H. – Teaching of Psychology, 2009
Traditionally, professors use the first day of class to build rapport. However, current technology allows professors to contact students prior to the first day of class. This study assessed how the receipt of a welcoming e-mail from a female professor 1 week before the first day of class affected student motivation and attitudes toward the…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Psychology, School Holding Power, Student Attitudes
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Burkley, Edward; Burkley, Melissa – Teaching of Psychology, 2009
"Mythbusters" uses multiple research methods to test interesting topics, offering research methods students an entertaining review of course material. To test the effectiveness of "Mythbusters" clips in a psychology research methods course, we systematically selected and showed 4 clips. Students answered questions about the clips, offered their…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Courses, Psychological Studies, Television Viewing
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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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Segrist, Dan J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2009
This article describes an in-class activity designed to demonstrate Freud's structural theory of the psyche, specifically the roles of the id, ego, and superego, as well as the interplay among them. Additionally, the activity visually illustrates Freud's ideas about the levels of consciousness associated with these 3 components. Pre-post quiz…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Self Concept, Class Activities, Undergraduate Students
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Levesque-Bristol, Chantal; Stanek, Layla R. – Teaching of Psychology, 2009
This article examines students' perceptions of the learning environment in a service learning research course and increases in student motivation and skill development. According to self-determination theory (Deci & Ryan, 1985), positive learning environments increase levels of student motivation and learning outcomes. Survey responses…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Service Learning, Student Motivation, Classroom Environment
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Thieman, Thomas J.; Clary, E. Gil; Olson, Andrea M.; Dauner, Rachel C.; Ring, Erin E. – Teaching of Psychology, 2009
For 6 years, we have offered an integrated weekly laboratory focusing on research methods as part of our general psychology course. Through self-report measures and controlled comparisons, we found that laboratory projects significantly increase students' knowledge and comfort level with scientific approaches and concepts, sustain interest in…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Psychology, Psychological Studies, Research Methodology
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Kowalski, Patricia; Taylor, Annette Kujawski – Teaching of Psychology, 2009
Students often come into the introductory psychology course with many misconceptions and leave with most of them intact. Borrowing from other disciplines, we set out to determine whether refutational lecture and text are effective in dispelling student misconceptions. These approaches first activate a misconception and then immediately counter it…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Psychology, Introductory Courses, Lecture Method
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Shepperd, James A.; Grace, Jodi L.; Koch, Erika J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2008
We examined the perceptions and performance of students who used an electronic versus a traditional paper textbook. Introductory psychology students (N = 392) who chose between the 2 formats did not differ in course grades. However, students using the electronic text reported spending less time reading for class compared to students using the…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Psychology, Introductory Courses, Printed Materials
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