Exploring Reticence in Research Methods: The Experience of Studying Psychological Research Methods in Higher Education

Kingsley, Barbara E and Robertson, Julia M (2017) Exploring Reticence in Research Methods: The Experience of Studying Psychological Research Methods in Higher Education. Psychology Teaching Review, 23 (2). pp. 4-19. ISSN 0965-948X

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Abstract

As a fundamental element of any psychology degree, the teaching and learning of research methods is repeatedly brought into sharp focus, and it is often regarded as a real challenge by undergraduate students. The reasons for this are complex, but frequently attributed to an aversion of maths. To gain a more detailed understanding of students’ relationship with psychological research methods, the current study used small, semi-structured focus groups to explore the experience of undergraduate students at the end of their first year of study. Following a detailed thematic analysis of the interview texts, five overarching themes emerged: prior knowledge of research methods; personal engagement with the module; enabling access to learning; supportive learning content; and personal development. Insights gained from the findings are discussed, including possible helpful interventions, but overall the results suggest a more positive outlook than may have been expected.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Research methods, learning experience, Undergraduate students, psychology
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Depositing User: RED Unit Admin
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2017 11:14
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2020 06:05
URI: http://bucks.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17260

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