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Improving Students’ ability to read and summarize empirical research in psychology A Quasi-Experimental Study of the effectiveness of discussion boards. BRIDGE Project 2007-2008 Elaine A. Scorpio Assistant Professor Psychology Department. Goals - Introduction to Psychology.

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bridge project 2007 2008 elaine a scorpio assistant professor psychology department

Improving Students’ ability to read and summarize empirical research in psychologyA Quasi-Experimental Study of the effectiveness of discussion boards

BRIDGE Project 2007-2008

Elaine A. Scorpio

Assistant Professor

Psychology Department

goals introduction to psychology
Goals - Introduction to Psychology

expose students to the major theoretical perspectives within psychology

expose students to the methods of psychology

expose students to empirical literature in psychology

expose students to careers and career paths in psychology

value of exposing students to empirical literature in psychology
Value of Exposing Students to Empirical Literature in Psychology

Subsequent coursework in the major requires that students:

-read this type of literature

-identify important points in the reading

-examine the methodology

-summarize numerous studies/Lit Reviews

-critically evaluate empirical findings

student thinking articulation
Student Thinking/Articulation

Often students are unable to articulate the ideas/connections that get them from Point A to Point B

the article summary assignment
The Article Summary Assignment

Part 1: Read the study, Arousal, Mood and the Mozart Effect and read the summary of it. Highlight information in the study that appears in the summary.

Part 2: Read the study, Effects of September 11th Terrorism Stress on Estimated Time Duration. Summarize this study using the Part 1 exercise as a model.

usefulness of this assignment
Usefulness of this assignment

Summarizing the study encourages

organizational skills

clear articulation of thought

logical thinking

efficient use of written language

critical evaluation

results casual observation and anecdotal
Results(casual observation and anecdotal)
  • Grades improve slightly
  • More Organized
  • More logical
  • Greater efficiency with language
  • Small improvement in critical evaluation
  • But little appreciation for the activity
the student to scholar transition
The Student-to-Scholar Transition
  • Games versus reality
  • Speaking the language of the discipline
  • Engaging in the discipline with peers
bridge project
BRIDGE Project
  • Sections A and I of Introduction to Psychology
  • Section I completed the assignment with no discussion
  • Section A completed assignment with discussion board
  • All assigned ID numbers
  • Papers submitted with ID numbers only
  • All grading completed anonymously
  • Students evaluated activity