*Side note* This is one reason why Psychology One exists; it is the conference dedicated to teaching this very class! I hope I can attend this coming summer!
At William Peace University, our General Psychology course has a focus on research methods. What does this mean? At the beginning of the semester, we spend more time on the research methods chapter. (In my MWF class, I spend at least 5 days on this chapter.) And we try to revisit this topic throughout the term either through projects, exam questions, or other activities. Why do we do this? I think having a focus on research methods in 101 is important because it sets the tone for our discipline. We are a social science, and I want students leaving that class with that idea in mind regardless of whether they are a major or not.
I set the tone for this early on by establishing a theme for my course. That theme is “psychology is a social science.” I reference this theme in many early lectures and continue to do so throughout the semester. Here are some ways I keep this focus all semester long:
How much of a focus do you put on research methods in your intro classes? What themes do you think are important or useful? I’d love to hear your ideas!
written by Jen Blush