Teaching

What does good teaching look like? What fuels student learning, and what hinders it. Psychological studies have illuminated the various curricula, methods, and classroom environments that make or break teaching effectiveness.

  • Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, a new set of practices has begun to take shape in how psychological scientists teach and conduct research. More

    Working Around the Distance

    Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, a new set of practices has begun to take shape in how psychological scientists teach and conduct research. More

  • Ji Son, a professor of cognitive psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, uncovers data-based methods for helping students understand statistics more deeply. More

    Back Page: Building a Better Statistics Class

    Ji Son, a professor of cognitive psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, uncovers data-based methods for helping students understand statistics more deeply. More

  • The pivot to online learning has sparked fresh ideas for the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, the annual conference dedicated to answering just that question. More

    NITOP: Promoting Teaching That Matters (Even in a Pandemic)

    The pivot to online learning has sparked fresh ideas for the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, the annual conference dedicated to answering just that question. More

  • One project will compare the effectiveness of two options for asynchronous online courses: students can participate via written responses or short video responses. Another uses livestreaming from head-mounted cameras to facilitate blended lab collaboration. More

    Online but Fully Engaged: APS Microgrants Fund Innovative Teaching Projects

    One project will compare the effectiveness of two options for asynchronous online courses: students can participate via written responses or short video responses. Another uses livestreaming from head-mounted cameras to facilitate blended lab collaboration. More

  • Humans' impact on the environment is one of the most pressing social issues today, and it's time to include it in psychology courses, says APS Fellow Barbara Malt. More

    Educating Students on the Psychology of Sustainability

    Humans' impact on the environment is one of the most pressing social issues today, and it's time to include it in psychology courses, says APS Fellow Barbara Malt. More

  • The second language learning literature emphasizes comprehension for language learning, but memory research suggests that producing the language is just as important for learning. More

    Balancing Speaking and Listening for Language Learning

    The second language learning literature emphasizes comprehension for language learning, but memory research suggests that producing the language is just as important for learning. More

  • Academia is only one option for a career as a psychological scientist. The key to finding a fulfilling career in a field such as technology, business, or a nonprofit? Identify your passions and use them to craft your path forward, according to Melissa Smith, a senior user experience researcher for More

    Careers Outside of Academia: How to Land and Navigate

    Academia is only one option for a career as a psychological scientist. The key to finding a fulfilling career in a field such as technology, business, or a nonprofit? Identify your passions and use them to craft your path forward, according to Melissa Smith, a senior user experience researcher for More

  • Efforts focused on increasing students' interest in STEM often take place within the classroom, but findings suggest that parents can play an important role in these efforts. More

    Mother reviewing school assignment with her daughter

    Want to Get Teens Interested in Math and Science? Target Their Parents

    Efforts focused on increasing students' interest in STEM often take place within the classroom, but findings suggest that parents can play an important role in these efforts. More

  • Students who consistently receive individualized reading instruction from first through third grade become better readers than those who don’t, researchers find. More

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    Kids’ Reading Success Boosted by Long-Term Individualized Instruction

    Students who consistently receive individualized reading instruction from first through third grade become better readers than those who don’t, researchers find. More

  • Courses can be designed to employ active learning experiences that combat the illusions and misconceptions students bring with them to the classroom. More

    Overturning Myths in Introductory Psychology

    Courses can be designed to employ active learning experiences that combat the illusions and misconceptions students bring with them to the classroom. More

  • Martha Escobar of Oakland University’s Cognitive Behavioral Lab is investigating the use of evidence-based approaches to promoting scientific learning in rural and low-income areas. More

    Back Page: A Rural Reach for STEM Education

    Martha Escobar of Oakland University’s Cognitive Behavioral Lab is investigating the use of evidence-based approaches to promoting scientific learning in rural and low-income areas. More

  • Students who use hands-on approaches to test or demonstrate scientific concepts understand the concepts more deeply and score better on science tests. More

    Group of small kids working on motherboard and robots in laboratory.

    Getting Hands-On Deepens Science Learning

    Students who use hands-on approaches to test or demonstrate scientific concepts understand the concepts more deeply and score better on science tests. More

  • A comprehensive research report provides an evidence-based guide that parents, educators, and app designers alike can use to evaluate the quality of so-called “educational” apps. More

    Science of Learning Can Help Parents, Developers Grade Educational Apps

    A comprehensive research report provides an evidence-based guide that parents, educators, and app designers alike can use to evaluate the quality of so-called “educational” apps. More

  • Whether a complement to a standard classroom environment or a cornerstone of Web-based classes, online discussion boards are becoming a staple in higher education. APS Past President Morton Ann Gernsbacher discusses how to make those discussion boards as engaging and interactive as possible. More

    Five Tips for Improving Online Discussion Boards

    Whether a complement to a standard classroom environment or a cornerstone of Web-based classes, online discussion boards are becoming a staple in higher education. APS Past President Morton Ann Gernsbacher discusses how to make those discussion boards as engaging and interactive as possible. More

  • APS Past President Morton Ann Gernsbacher designs her online psychology courses to encourage students to engage with content more deeply than they might in traditional college classes. More

    Leveraging Learning Principles Online

    APS Past President Morton Ann Gernsbacher designs her online psychology courses to encourage students to engage with content more deeply than they might in traditional college classes. More

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