For a variety of reasons, students are often less enthusiastic about taking research methods and statistics classes in psychology than they are about taking their other psychology classes. As a result, teaching the scientific process involved in psychology, specifically research methods, statistics, and writing, is challenging. This requires instructors to develop high quality, interesting activities that make difficult and less palatable concepts more engaging.
To help facilitate this process for novice and experienced teachers, we (Gary Lewandowski, Natalie Ciarocco, and David Strohmetz) created a website devoted to peer-reviewed resources for teaching research and statistics, along with resources on how to effectively communicate psychological science (e.g., APA style formatting and writing).
Specifically, TeachPsychScience.org provides links to online demonstrations, descriptions of class demonstrations, suggestions for class/lab activities, class assignments, lecture materials, and student exercises. Whenever possible we provide an electronic copy of the resource or direct link to make your search for resources expeditious and parsimonious.
TeachPsychScience.org is supported with grant funding from the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science.
This site features a variety of resources that cover common topics in research or statistics courses in psychology. Additionally, we also have a section of resources dedicated to communicating science, which features APA style writing, as well as communicating through posters, oral presentations, and the media.
We strive to emphasize resources that promote active learning in one of two ways:
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