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McCann, Lee I.; Ebert, Alexandria R.; Timmins, Rebecca R.; Thompson, Ashley E. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
The present study examined changes in the genders of authors, first authors, reviewers, and editorial staff over 42 years (1974-2015) in "Teaching of Psychology." Over the first 6 years of the journal's publication, 17.67% of authors and 16.5% of first authors were women, increasing to 57.83% and 44% in the most recent 6 years. From the…
Descriptors: Authors, Editing, Gender Differences, Psychology
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Toomey, Thomas; Richardson, Deborah; Hammock, Georgina – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
Many students who declare a psychology major are unaware that they are studying a scientific discipline, precipitating a need for exercises and experiences that help students understand the scientific nature of the discipline. The present study explores aspects of an introductory psychology class that may contribute to students' understanding of…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Psychology, Student Experience, Student Surveys
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Cascio, Ted V. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
This study assesses the effectiveness of critical thinking drills (CTDs), a repetitious classroom activity designed to improve methodological and statistical thinking in relation to psychological claims embedded in popular press articles. In each of four separate CTDs, students critically analyzed a brief article reporting a recent psychological…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Drills (Practice), Instructional Effectiveness, Statistics
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Lassonde, Karla A.; Kolquist, Molly; Vergin, Megan – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
Refutation-style texts have been considered a viable strategy for changing psychological misconceptions. The current study aims to integrate refutation-style texts into a classroom-based method of learning. Psychology students were administered a true/false misconception survey and then viewed several refutation-style poster presentations…
Descriptors: Psychology, Persuasive Discourse, Misconceptions, Gender Differences
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Handelsman, Mitchell M. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
In this article, I describe a recent scandal involving collusion between officials at the American Psychological Association (APA) and the U.S. Department of Defense, which appears to have enabled the torture of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The scandal is a relevant, complex, and engaging case that teachers can use in a…
Descriptors: Ethics, Professional Associations, Psychology, Public Officials
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Roehling, Patricia V.; Root Luna, Lindsey M.; Richie, Fallon J.; Shaughnessy, John J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
Flipped pedagogy has become a popular approach in education. While preliminary research suggests that the flipped classroom has a positive effect on learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and quantitative courses, the research on the flipped classroom in a content heavy social science course is minimal and contradictory. We…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Psychology, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness
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Panjwani, Aliza A.; Gurung, Regan A. R.; Revenson, Tracey A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
We conducted an online national survey to examine how undergraduate health psychology is taught, offer information about course design and content, and provide a needs analysis. Health psychology instructors (N = 126) answered questions about course format, teaching tools, importance of covering specific topics, and needed resources. A principal…
Descriptors: National Surveys, Health Education, Psychology, Online Surveys
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Veilleux, Jennifer C.; Chapman, Kate M. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
Research methods and statistics are core courses in the undergraduate psychology major. To assess learning outcomes, it would be useful to have a measure that assesses research methods and statistical literacy beyond course grades. In two studies, we developed and provided initial validation results for a research methods and statistical knowledge…
Descriptors: Psychology, Item Response Theory, Computer Software, Research Methodology
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Griggs, Richard A.; Jackson, Sherri L. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
Given their high cost, many students no longer buy textbooks for all of their courses, impacting their learning and performance in these courses. This is especially prevalent at community colleges. Open (digitally free) textbooks constitute one solution to this problem, but the latest national survey of college faculty found that 66% were not…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Psychology, Introductory Courses, Community Colleges
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Veilleux, Jennifer C.; Chapman, Kate M. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
The current set of three studies further evaluates the validity and application of the Psychological Research Inventory of Concepts (PRIC). In Study 1, we administered the PRIC to a sample of introductory psychology students and online (Mechanical Turk) participants along with measures assessing theoretically related concepts. We found evidence of…
Descriptors: Psychological Studies, Measures (Individuals), Test Validity, Research Methodology
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Zelechoski, Amanda D.; Riggs Romaine, Christina L.; Wolbransky, Melinda – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
Given the recent proliferation of undergraduate psychology and law courses, there is an increased need to empirically evaluate effective methods of teaching psycholegal material. The current study used a between- and within-subject design across four higher education institutions (N = 291 students) to evaluate the effectiveness of incorporating…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Experiential Learning, Learning Activities, Psychology
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Davis, Doris Bitler – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
Providing two or more versions of multiple-choice exams has long been a popular strategy for reducing the opportunity for students to engage in academic dishonesty. While the results of studies comparing exam scores under different question-order conditions have been inconclusive, the potential importance of contextual cues to aid student recall…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Multiple Choice Tests, Sequential Approach, Cues
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Munro, Geoffrey D.; Behlen, Margaret M. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
Students often have little understanding of the role psychological science plays in informing us about the impact of human behavior when addressing climate change. We designed an assignment for a social psychology course based on Frantz and Mayer's use of the decision tree model of helping behavior to identify the psychological barriers that…
Descriptors: Climate, Social Psychology, Assignments, Barriers
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Ishak, Shaziela; Salter, Nicholas P. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
There is no comprehensive guide for teaching psychological writing, and little is known about how often instructors teach the topic. We present a best practices guide for teaching psychological writing beyond just American Psychological Association style, discuss psychology-specific writing assignments, and examine psychological writing…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Undergraduate Study, Best Practices, National Surveys
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Troisi, Jordan D.; Wright, Julian W. C. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
Food is a powerful motivator in human functioning--it serves a biological need, as emotional support, and as a cultural symbol. Until recently, the term "comfort food" has been inadequately and unscientifically defined. In addition, the popular media have oversimplified the concept of comfort food as purely unhealthy food, often consumed…
Descriptors: Food, Eating Habits, Social Psychology, Interpersonal Relationship
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