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Self-Reported Research Skills Changes and Course Outcomes in a Senior Research Psychology Course

Terry F. Pettijohn II1,, Paige D. Naylor1, Joan F. Piroch1

1Department of Psychology, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina, USA

American Journal of Educational Research. 2013, 1(3), 104-106. DOI: 10.12691/education-1-3-7
Published online: August 25, 2017


Psychology students (N = 71) completed a research skills assessment test before and after completion of a semester long senior research methods course. The researchers hypothesized increases in all dimensions of research skills upon completion of the course. As predicted, student ratings for each of the 14 research skills measured increased. Reported course effort, enjoyment, and knowledge gained correlated positively with increased research skills. Implications for assessment are discussed.


college student, attitudes, assessment, research skills
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