Society for the Teaching of Psychology: Division 2 of the American Psychological Association

Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching: 2011 Volume 11

Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching: 2011
Volume 11

A collection of monthly essays
originally published on the
PsychTeacher™ Electronic Discussion List


Edited by

Suzanne C. Baker
James Madison University

Jeffrey D. Holmes
Ithaca College

Jeffrey R. Stowell
Eastern Illinois University

Society for the Teaching of Psychology
© 2012

ISBN: 978-1-941804-22-3  

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Table of Contents

1. Micro-Activities in the Classroom: When Good Teaching Comes in Small Packages (p. 3)
Amy J. Marin, Phoenix College

2. Course Evaluation for Fun and Profit: Student Management Teams (p. 8)
Mitchell M. Handelsman, University of Colorado Denver

3. Meet the Faculty: Encouraging Undergraduate Participation in Departmental Research (p. 12)
Kristin A. Ritchey, Ball State University

4. More than Just Stepping Away from the Podium: A Jigsaw Classroom (p. 15)
Michael A. Clump, Rockhurst University

5. Scientific Literacy as a Goal for Undergraduate Education in Psychology (p. 20)
Daniel P. Corts, Augustana College

6. Need Help with Program Assessment? Ask Your Students! (p. 23)
Deb Briihl and Jessica Edenfield, Valdosta State University

7. Faculty Writing Lockdowns (p. 26)
Krisztina V. Jakobsen and Matthew R. Lee, James Madison University

8. Bolstering Student Response Rates for Online Evaluation of Faculty (p. 30)
Patricia K. Prunty, Mount Olive College

9. Honor Systems: How Do They Impact Pedagogy? (p. 34)
Beth M. Schwartz and Holly E. Tatum, Randolph College

About the authors (p. 38)

About the editors (p. 41)


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