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Investing in Assessment: The Role of Formative Assessment in Teaching Psychological Research Methods

Jones, Tim (2009) Investing in Assessment: The Role of Formative Assessment in Teaching Psychological Research Methods. Psychology Teaching Review, 15 (2). pp. 74-81. ISSN 0965-948X

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The role of formative assessment is widely acknowledged to promote student learning, provide teachers with an early indication of student performance (Boston, 2002) and has direct links to student retention (Yorke, 2001). The dominance, however, of summative assessment in higher education (Milton, Pollio & Eiuson, 1986) frequently prevails. This paper investigates the role of formative assessment in teaching psychological research methods to undergraduate students both as a method of increasing deeper learning and as a vehicle to reduce anxiety, and build confidence in a traditionally challenging area of teaching. An idea for engaging students with research design and affording the opportunity to provide formative feedback is presented alongside initial student feedback.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: psychological research methods, formative assessment, teaching
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
Depositing User: Tim Jones
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2010 13:05
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2012 06:00

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