Soliciting Student Experiences, Attitudes and Preferences for the Design and Use of Student Reflections in-Level Quantitative Psychology Coursework

Grant program: Teaching and Learning Development Grant (TLDG)

Grant recipientRachel Fouladi, Department of Psychology

Project team: TBD

Timeframe: January 2020 to October 2020

Funding: $5000

Course addressed: Psychology 411/911 - Research Methods II

Description: The current project seeks to synthesize current research literature and faculty experiences on the use of student reflections in higher education coursework, examine students’ previous experience with and perceptions of student reflections in general, and examine student reactions to the use of student reflections in courses teaching statistics/methods.

Results of text analysis of themes/topics/sentiments from reflections will be examined in combination with data regarding student reactions to the use of reflections as a pedagogical tool. Findings will be used as a guide as to how to better introduce and integrate student reflections into quantitative psychology courses that the current instructor teaches.

Questions addressed:

  • What are current practices/contexts for use of student reflections in university level statistics courses in general, and within the behavioral/social sciences and in other hard sciences?
  • What “universal design” considerations are recommended for use of student reflections in behavioral/social science and hard science statistics courses?
  • What are psychology students’ previous experiences with and attitudes towards student reflections? E.g., if they have experience with student reflections, did/do they perceive them as helpful to their learning?
  • Do psychology students consider student reflections an acceptable assignment type in a quantitative course, and if so under what features/conditions (e.g., frequency, type, instruction set, format, grading scheme)

Knowledge sharing: Project findings will be shared at a Department of Psychology Area Seminar, SFU Teaching Talks/Symposia, and on the Department of Psychology website.