Teaching Psychology as a Laboratory Science in the Age of the Internet
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Springer New York LLC
For over 30 years, psychologists have relied on computers to teach experimental psychology. With the advent of experiment generators, students can create well-designed experiments and can test sophisticated hypotheses from the start of their undergraduate training. Characteristics of new Net-based experiment generators are discussed and compared with traditional stand-alone generators. A call is made to formally evaluate the instructional effectiveness of the wide range of experiment generators now available. Specifically, software should be evaluated in terms of known learning outcomes, using appropriate control groups. The many inherent differences between any two software programs should be made clear. The teacher’s instructional method should be fully described and held constant between comparisons. Finally, the often complex interaction between the teacher’s instructional method and the pedagogical details of the software must be considered.
Medicine and Health Sciences
Experimental Psychology, Experiment Generators, Hypotheses Testing, Net-Based, software, Learning Outcomes, Control Groups
Ransdell, Sarah Elle PhD, "Teaching Psychology as a Laboratory Science in the Age of the Internet" (2002). Department of Health Sciences Faculty Articles. 258.