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

Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching: 2014

Volume 14

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


Edited by

William S. Altman
SUNY Broome Community College

Lyra Stein
Rutgers University

Jeffrey R. Stowell
Eastern Illinois University

Society for the Teaching of Psychology
© 2015

ISBN: 978-1-941804-35-3

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 Table of Contents

  1. Retrieval Cues on Tests: A Strategy for Helping Students Recall Information?
    Kristel M. Gallagher (Keystone College)

  2. Strategies for Teaching Writing Effectively in a First Year Seminar
    Traci Giuliano (Southwestern University)

  3. The Case for Laboratory Exercises in Introductory Psychology: Beyond Active Learning
    Kelly Bouas Henry (Missouri Western State University)

  4. Plunging into Pedagogy: Some Practical Advice for Graduate Teacher Training
    Melissa J. Beers (The Ohio State University), Jessica C. Hill (Utah Valley University), Clarissa A. Thompson (University of Oklahoma)

  5. Using Students as Participants: Gaining IRB Approval for SoTL Research
    Bethany K. B. Fleck and Anna Ropp (Metropolitan State University of Denver)

  6. Integrating First-Person Narratives of Eminent Psychologists into an Introductory Course
    Stuart Levine (Psychology Program, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY), Andrew C. Gallup (Psychology Department, SUNY College at Oneonta, Oneonta, NY)

  7. Incorporating Multiple Genres into an Experimental Psychology Course
    Kimberly Christopherson (Morningside College)

  8. Crowdsourcing Your Major: Using Facebook to Encourage Faculty-Student Interaction and Student Engagement
    Jessica L. Hartnett, Luke J. Rosielle, Lori D. Lindley (Gannon University)

  9. Spark Enthusiasm for Psychological Science by Integrating Laboratory Experiences into Introductory Psychology
    Dana C. Leighton (University of Arkansas)

  10. There Has to Be a Better Way! Using a Case Study Approach to Information Literacy Instruction in Psychology Courses
    Vivian B. Milczarski, Amanda M. Maynard (Mount Saint Mary College)

  11. The “I Am Not Creative” Myth
    Gary L. Grady (Connors State College)

  12. “Academics in Action” to Promote Engagement in General Psychology
    Rebecca Singer (Georgetown College)

  13. About the authors

  14. About the editors


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Gallagher, K. M. (2015). Retrieval cues on tests: A strategy for helping students recall information? In W. Altman, L. Stein, & J. R. Stowell (Eds.), Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching (Vol. 14, pp.  9-13). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Web site:

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