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Developing scientific literacy in introductory psychology

Developing Scientific Literacy in Introductory Psychology

The Journal Project

Mary Worden-McGuinness, PsyD

Ivy Tech Northwest

De La Garza Campus (East Chicago)


Overview

Overview

  • What is scientific literacy?

  • How does it relate to General Education?

  • How does this project work?

  • How does it apply to my discipline?

  • Q & A


What is scientific literacy

What is Scientific Literacy?

NSES definition

  • "the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes required for personal decision-making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity" (National Science Education Standards, National Academy of Sciences).


Why is scientific literacy important

Why is Scientific Literacy Important?

  • Workers need it

  • Employers want it

  • Higher levels of study require it

  • Being an informed citizen depends on it

  • It’s part of General Education core

  • It will be assessed later


Developing scientific literacy in introductory psychology

From Strategic Plan 2010


Integrative applied skills workplace competencies

Integrative/Applied Skills (Workplace Competencies)

  • Application of technology to tasks

  • Critical thinking

  • Customer contact skills

  • Information use skills

  • Presentation skills

  • Problem recognition–definition–solution formulation

  • Reasoning(Paulson, 2001)


Relevant general education outcomes

Relevant General Education Outcomes

  • 1. Demonstrate critical and creative thinking

  • 4. Apply basic scientific concepts in a variety of settings

  • 5. Communicate effectively (written, oral, symbolic forms)

  • 6. Exhibit quantitative literacy

  • 7. Apply Ethical reasoning

  • 8. Demonstrate the acquisition and use of information


Introducing ideas

Introducing ideas

  • First Day: Profile sheet—What is one question you have about psychology?

  • First chapter homework—What is one topic you would like to study? What method would you use?

  • First chapter—scientific method

  • Early: show journals; visit virtual library

  • First exam: design a study (essay)


My core scientific concepts

My Core Scientific Concepts

  • Scientific method

  • Skepticism

  • Evidence-based

  • Correlation ≠ Causation

  • Types of research (case study, correlation, experiment)

  • Goals: Description, Explanation, Prediction, Control


Scientific method

Scientific Method


The journal project

The Journal Project

  • Find a peer-reviewed research article

  • Summarize it

  • Present findings and propose new area of research

  • Use technology to help accomplish the task


Samples

Samples


Searching academic databases ivy tech s virtual library

Searching Academic Databases: Ivy Tech’s Virtual Library

link to database search


Scientific method1

Scientific Method


Developing scientific literacy in introductory psychology

Group Paper (40 points)


Developing scientific literacy in introductory psychology

Blackboard Discussion Posting—minimum of 3 (15 points)


File exchange group y 5 pts

File Exchange - Group Y (5 pts)

2nd partPosted by: C PPosted on: Feb 23, 2009

1st part of PaperPosted by: W RPosted on: Feb 11, 2009  

Group ArticlePosted by: W R Posted on: Feb 09, 2009


Group presentation 15 points

Group Presentation (15 points)

Each group provides a 10-15 minute ppt presentation on their new study


Developing scientific literacy in introductory psychology

Peer Evaluation (10 points)


Reflection paper 15 points

Reflection Paper (15 points)

  • Write an essay reflecting on the process

  • Experience of working on a team, using technology, searching academic databases, designing a study, etc—pluses and minuses

  • You will not be penalized for negative comments; be honest, but support your ideas.


Outcomes

Outcomes

  • Improved information literacy-use of academic search vs. Google

  • Improved scientific literacy: understanding of professional research including scientific method, peer review, familiarity with data

  • Improved ability to synthesize information

  • Technology familiarity: Blackboard, Word and PowerPoint

  • Openness to future research projects (may help in further study)


Gened assessment caap

GENED Assessment: CAAP

  • Scientific reasoning

  • Data representations (e.g., graphs/charts)

  • Research summary (experimental design and interpretation of results)

  • Comparing conflicting viewpoints or hypotheses

  • Understanding, Analyzing, Generalizing


Applicability across disciplines

Applicability Across Disciplines

  • Business

  • Engineering

  • Accounting

  • Geography

  • Health Careers


Developing scientific literacy in introductory psychology

Q & A


Sources

Sources

Karen Paulson, K. (2001) Using Competencies to Connect the Workplace and Postsecondary Education. New Directions for Institutional Research, 110, Summer 2001.

Ivy Tech Community College General Education Goals, 2007

Ivy Tech Community College Strategic Plan 2010

National Science Education Standards, 1996

ACT: Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP)


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