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Effects of a six-session introductory psychology programme on Year 9 pupils' interest in psychology and approaches to learning

Norris, E; De Aguiar Chaves, T; Dunsmuir, S; (2015) Effects of a six-session introductory psychology programme on Year 9 pupils' interest in psychology and approaches to learning. Psychology Teaching Review , 21 (1) pp. 3-12. Green open access

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Abstract

Psychology is a popular UK A-level, despite many pupils having no previous taught experience of it. Prior introduction to psychology teaching could help pupils make more informed choices to study it. This study evaluates a six-session introduction to psychology programme for 20 Year 9 pupils called ‘Myth-Busting the Brain’. A pre-/post-programme questionnaire investigated pupil interest towards future psychology study, interest in the programme and approaches to learning. There was no significant difference between timepoints in interest in psychology, nor the programme itself between pre-and post-programme assessment. Overall interest in psychology was significantly correlated with interest in the programme at pre- and post-assessment. No significant changes in learning approaches were found between assessment points. However, psychology and programme interest were significantly correlated to deeper pupil learning approaches. This suggests that introductory psychology programmes may be more appealing to students with deeper learning styles. A programme of this length may not be feasible in typical teaching; hence future research could assess the effects of single sessions on psychology interest.

Type: Article
Title: Effects of a six-session introductory psychology programme on Year 9 pupils' interest in psychology and approaches to learning
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://shop.bps.org.uk/publications/publication-by...
Language: English
Additional information: Reproduced with permission from Psychology Teaching Review © The British Psychological Society 2015.
Keywords: Widening participation; pre-university teaching; attitudes to psychology study.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1473148
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