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An empirical case for introductory psychology tutorials in a large-class format

Chan, Amy Y. C., Brewer, Chris and Browne, Jessica L. 2012, An empirical case for introductory psychology tutorials in a large-class format. In McCarthy, Sherri, Dickson, K. Laurie, Cranney, Jacquelyn, Trapp, Annie and Karandashev, Victor (ed), Teaching psychology around the world, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, pp.151-163.

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Title An empirical case for introductory psychology tutorials in a large-class format
Author(s) Chan, Amy Y. C.
Brewer, Chris
Browne, Jessica L.ORCID iD for Browne, Jessica L. orcid.org/0000-0001-7294-8114
Title of book Teaching psychology around the world
Editor(s) McCarthy, Sherri
Dickson, K. Laurie
Cranney, Jacquelyn
Trapp, Annie
Karandashev, Victor
Publication date 2012
Series Teaching psychology around the world; v.3
Chapter number 11
Total chapters 19
Start page 151
End page 163
Total pages 13
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Place of Publication Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Keyword(s) case
empirical
tutorials
large
psychology
class
format
introductory
Summary This study examined the effectiveness of an instructional format that Involved conducting introductory psychology tutorials in large conventional lecture theatres with over 100 students per class. We maximised the use of skilled tutors, sharing of student perspectives, and cooperative learning in delivering interactive, active learning activities, Students (N = 284) within each class were randomly assigned to smaller groups that were scaled within the same large class environment. Students reported positive perceptions of their learning experience at an end-of-semester survey. Moreover, they performed significantly better in a major assessment on the tutorial component than a previous cohort taught in conventional small tutorial classes. Our finding indicate that active learning techniques can be implemented just as effectively in a large class tutorial format. These findings have practical implications for designing cost effective yet pedagogically vigorous instructional formats for introductory psychology and other liberal arts courses.
ISBN 1443834483
9781443834483
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management)
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category BN.1 Other book chapter, or book chapter not attributed to Deakin
Copyright notice ©2012, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051846

Document type: Book Chapter
Collection: School of Psychology
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