APS-STP Teaching Institute Closing Plenary
Utility Value Research: Useful Tips for Undergraduate Teaching
Thursday, May 24, 2012,
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
“Utility value” refers to the usefulness of a task to the individual, either now or in the future. Both laboratory experiments and classroom research show that when students perceive material as useful, they become more interested and achieve more (Hulleman & Harackiewicz). This talk will describe this research on utility value and explore its application for teaching undergraduate courses, including introductory psychology and statistics.
Janet Hyde in the news: The Slate (Nov 17, 2011) , Today (Jan 4, 2012), The Huffington Post (Jan 9, 2012) and MSNBC (Mar 2, 2012).