Current UW-Green Bay undergraduate Rosalyn Stoa (Psychology and Business Administration) and former UW-Green Bay Prof. Regan Gurung (Psychology) recently published an article in Teaching of Psychology titled, “A National Survey of Teaching and Learning Research Methods: Important Concepts and Faculty and Student Perspectives.” This study investigated both instructor course design and student attitudes and knowledge of the course across the nation. For Stoa, this is her second peer-reviewed published article as a UW-Green Bay undergraduate student.
Abstract: In this study, we assessed instructor and student attitudes and knowledge toward research methods (RM). Instructors (N = 62) answered questions about course format, topic importance and resources. Students (N = 166) of some of those instructors answered questions regarding attitudes toward research. Five major factors organize topics that instructors find most important. Only ratings of statistics importance varied by rank. Associate and full professors rated statistics as being more important than other instructors. There were significant relationships between attitudes toward and knowledge of RM together with the higher perceived utility of some course components. Requiring students to conduct their own research was not a significant predictor of attitudes or RM knowledge.