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Hettich, Paul – Teaching of Psychology, 1990
Examines journal writing as a teaching/learning technique enabling students to connect specific course concepts to their experiences. Uses a questionnaire to assess student attitudes toward journal writing. Finds students believe journal writing stimulates critical thinking and provides feedback about learning. Teachers agree journals provide…
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Cognitive Processes, Critical Thinking, Higher Education
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Fantuzzo, John W.; And Others – Teaching of Psychology, 1989
Assesses the effect of reciprocal peer tutoring on the academic performance of college students. Measures the impact of this procedure on student distress and course satisfaction. Finds that reciprocal peer tutoring results in greater improvement in examination scores, reduction in distress, and greater student satisfaction. (KO)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Students, Educational Research, Higher Education
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Sass, Edmund J. – Teaching of Psychology, 1989
Reports findings of a class exercise in which students are asked to discuss their perceptions of college classes likely to result in high and low classroom motivation. Identifies eight characteristics that encourage motivation: (1) enthusiasm, (2) relevance, (3) organization, (4) appropriate difficulty level, (5) active involvement, (6) variety,…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Research, Classroom Techniques, Course Organization
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Smith, Randolph A.; Wight, Randall – Teaching of Psychology, 1988
Friedman's (1987) immediate feedback, no return test technique was evaluated via student ratings. Students were enthusiastic in their assessment of the technique and believed that it facilitated their learning. (Author)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Feedback, Grading, Higher Education
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Doll, Paddy A.; Jacobs, Keith W. – Teaching of Psychology, 1988
Reviews the practice of holding exit interviews with graduating psychology students at Loyola University (Louisiana). Discusses the benefits and limitations of exit interviews, stating that they provide unique data unavailable from other sources. (GEA)
Descriptors: College Seniors, Graduation Requirements, Higher Education, Interviews
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Freeman, Harvey R. – Teaching of Psychology, 1988
Uses a seven point Likert scale to examine the relationship between perceived teacher attractiveness, expertness, and trustworthiness and student judgment of teacher effectiveness. Correlations suggest that a more accurate view of teaching may be as an instance of social influence process. Urges further research to identify those cues that infer…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Higher Education, Social Influences, Student Attitudes
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Lamwers, Linda L.; Jazwinski, Christine H. – Teaching of Psychology, 1989
Investigates the effectiveness of three procedures designed to reduce student procrastination in a personalized system of instruction (PSI) course. Compares the effects of instructor-imposed deadlines (doomsday), deadlines and bonus credits for early completion of material (doomsday with tokens), and individual contracting. Finds that student…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Higher Education, Individual Instruction, Instructional Design
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Costin, Frank – Teaching of Psychology, 1985
The achievement of educational goals requires the psychology teacher to display a special kind of courage. Challenges to that courage are discussed. These challenges are involved in lecturing, questioning, and discussion; in teaching historical perspectives and controversial issues; and in working with student and teacher values and attitudes. (RM)
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Discussion (Teaching Technique), Higher Education, Instructional Improvement
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Wolfe, Christopher R. – Teaching of Psychology, 1995
Describes techniques for creating collaborative student-constructed hypertexts. Maintains that student goals include courseware development, promotion of critical thinking skills, and facilitating student-directed learning. Reports that students' reactions to the assignments were overwhelmingly positive. (CFR)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Psychology
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Feigenbaum, Elysa; Friend, Ronald – Teaching of Psychology, 1992
Presents results of a study comparing student class size preferences among first-year college students and upper-division students. Reports that first-year students prefer small classes and upper division students prefer large classes. Concludes that experience in larger classes results in a stronger preference toward the large classes. Urges…
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Class Size, Classroom Environment, College Freshmen
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DeBell, Camille S.; Harless, Debra K. – Teaching of Psychology, 1992
Reports research results concerning beliefs about B. F. Skinner's psychological theories. Examines beliefs in the myths that Skinner: (1) discounted physiological and genetic roles in behavior; (2) believed that any behavior could be conditioned; (3) discounted individual uniqueness; (4) viewed punishment as the preferred form of behavior control;…
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Behavior Modification, Behaviorism, Beliefs
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Berrenberg, Joy L.; Prosser, Ann – Teaching of Psychology, 1991
Suggests the "create-a-game" examination technique as a supplemental or alternative evaluation method for a history of psychology course. Describes a take home test in which students design and construct games that incorporate a range of knowledge from the course material. Recommends playing the games in class as a course review. (DK)
Descriptors: Creativity Tests, Educational Games, Educational History, Evaluation Methods
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Arkes, Hal R. – Teaching of Psychology, 1980
Evaluates the Teaching Information Processing System (TIPS), which utilizes frequent testing over course units in an undergraduate psychology course. It is not necessary for students to demonstrate mastery before moving to new material, no proctoring is required, and self-pacing is eliminated. Students indicate positive attitudes about TIPS and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Programs, Educational Research
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Jones, Warren; Zusne, Leonard – Teaching of Psychology, 1981
Discusses need for anomalistic psychology courses (the occult, astrology, ESP, or those phenomena inexplicable in terms of orthodox science) in the college psychology curriculum. A study of an anomalistics course indicates that student belief in the paranormal was associated with greater learning which was then followed by significant reductions…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Higher Education, Student Attitudes
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Taylor, Christina J. – Teaching of Psychology, 1981
Presents nine exercises designed to help students and teachers become more aware of their attitudes about menstruation and to move beyond the realms of mystery, ignorance, and taboos. Participants list and analyze expressions used to refer to menstruation, discuss pleasant and unpleasant experiences, and recall feelings on first learning of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Psychology, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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