Title

Teaching Psychology as a Laboratory Science in the Age of the Internet

ISBN or ISSN

0743-3808

Volume

34

Issue

2

Publication Date / Copyright Date

5-2002

First Page

145

Last Page

150

Publisher

Springer New York LLC

DOI Number

10.3758/BF03195435

Abstract

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.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

Keywords

Experimental Psychology, Experiment Generators, Hypotheses Testing, Net-Based, software, Learning Outcomes, Control Groups

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