Title

An Active-Learning Approach to Fostering Understanding of Research Methods in Large Classes

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-1-2017

Subject Area

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Abstract

The current investigation tested the effectiveness of an online student research project designed to supplement traditional methods (e.g., lectures, discussions, and assigned readings) of teaching research methods in a large-enrollment Introduction to Psychology course. Over the course of the semester, students completed seven assignments, each representing a stage of the research process. Students formed hypotheses, tested their hypotheses using data from the class, interpreted their results, generated future directions, created PowerPoint slides summarizing their projects, and presented their results in a poster session. We found support for the hypothesis that the research methods intervention would lead to better performance on a research methods quiz compared to students in a nonintervention section taught by the same instructor. This intervention demonstrated that it is feasible to use project-oriented active-learning techniques to foster understanding of research methods in large classes.

Publication Title

Teaching of Psychology

Volume

44

Issue

2

First Page

117

Last Page

123

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1177/0098628317692614

ISSN

00986283

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