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ERIC Number: EJ856772
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
"Mythbusters": A Tool for Teaching Research Methods in Psychology
Burkley, Edward; Burkley, Melissa
Teaching of Psychology, v36 n3 p179-184 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 opinions of them, and ultimately responded to "Mythbusters"-related exam items. Students indicated that the clips helped them understand course concepts, helped them apply their knowledge to real-world research studies, and provided them with an enjoyable educational experience. More important, students performed better on "Mythbusters"-related exam items than on control items, suggesting the clips were effective pedagogical tools for psychology research methods courses. We discuss specific "Mythbusters" clips that are relevant to psychological concepts. (Contains 3 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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