Best Practices for Teaching Statistics and Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences

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Dana Dunn, Randolph A. Smith, Bernard Beins
Routledge, 2007 - Psychology - 292 pages

This book provides a showcase for "best practices" in teaching statistics and research methods in two- and four-year colleges and universities.

A helpful resource for teaching introductory, intermediate, and advanced statistics and/or methods, the book features coverage of:

  • ways to integrate these courses
  • how to promote ethical conduct
  • how to create writing intensive programs
  • novel tools and activities to get students involved
  • strategies for teaching online courses and computer applications
  • guidance on how to create and maintain helpful web resources
  • assessment advice to help demonstrate that students are learning
  • tips on linking diversity to research methodology.

This book appeals to veteran and novice educators and graduate students who teach research methods and/or statistics in psychology and other behavioral sciences and serves as an excellent resource in related faculty workshops. A CD with activities that readers can customize is included.


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Part II Basic Issues for Best Practices
Part III Approaches to Teaching Statistics
Part IV Emerging Approaches to Teaching Research Methods
Part V Integrative Approaches to Teaching Methods and Statistics
Diversity Issues and Writing
About the Editors
Author Index
Subject Index

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About the author (2007)

Dana S. Dunn is Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Learning in Common Curriculum Committee at Moravian College. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Virginia. A Fellow of the APA, Dr. Dunn is co-editor with Stephen L. Chew of Best Practices for Teaching Introduction to Psychology (LEA).
Randolph A. Smith is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Kennesaw State University. He received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Texas Tech University. Editor of Teaching of Psychology, Dr. Smith received the American Psychological Foundation's Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award in 2006.
Bernard C. Beins is Professor and Department Chair of Psychology at Ithaca College. He received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from CUNY. Currently an Associate Editor of Teaching of Psychology, Dr. Beins is a past President of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

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