Faculty note: Psychology alumni and Prof. Chu published two articles on teaching of psychology and athlete burnout
Psychology alumni and Professor Alan Chu published two articles last week. 1. Stephany Escandell and Alan Chu published a teaching article titled Implementing Relatedness-Supportive Teaching Strategies to Promote Learning in the College Classroom in the Teaching of Psychology journal. The journal article presents four evidence-based relatedness-supportive strategies—facilitating learning connections, preventing student self-silencing, providing and receiving feedback, and developing a student-centered classroom—to help promote greater student engagement and success in the classroom. They also share their examples and experiences applying these strategies as an instructor and an undergraduate teaching assistant in a psychology course. 2. Bailey Sommerfeld and Alan Chu (and their collaborator Dr. Tao Zhang) published a sport psychology article titled Developmental Differences in Burnout Among High School Athletes in the United States: A Gendered Perspective in a special issue of the Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology: Based on the data collected from 367 athletes in southwestern and midwestern U.S., they found greater emotional and physical exhaustion and sport devaluation among athletes in the investment years (aged 16-18) than the specializing years (aged 13-15). Findings inform interventions and future research that address the role of developmental stages and gender in athlete burnout.