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Engagement with the Learning Process in First-Year Psychology Classes


Martin, F and Adam, A, Engagement with the Learning Process in First-Year Psychology Classes, Proceedings of 43rd APS annual conference: psychology leading change, 23-27 September 2008, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 204-208. ISBN 978-0-909881-36-8 (2008) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Students exiting University with a degree of which a large component is Psychology, require an understanding of Psychology as a science and should be able to use this base as a guide for their practice. In forder to attain the skills necessary to achieve this, it is important that students be engaged in the learning process. During 2006 the Psychology 1 units at the University of Tasmania underwent a large overhaul that aimed, among other things, to introduce formative assessment practices, and to both equip and encourage students to become independent learners. We collected Student Engagement information (Ahlfeldt, Mehta & Sellnow, 2005), regarding the extent to which students felt the course emphasised various mental activities at the end of each semester in 2006 and 2007. Generally students perceived no difference in the extent to which lower level cognitive processes were emphasized; however, each year there was an increase in the extent to which students thought that the higher level cognitive skills of evaluating information, arguments or methods were emphasized.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Martin, F (Associate Professor Frances Martin)
UTAS Author:Adam, A (Dr Andrea Adam)
ID Code:54496
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2009-02-24
Last Modified:2015-09-25

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