Effect of textbook study guides on student performance in introductory psychology

K. Laurie Dickson, Michelle Miller, Michael S. Devoley

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Abstract

We experimentally investigated the effect of required textbook study guides on undergraduates' multiple-choice exam performance for introductory psychology. Students in 2 sections participated. Students required to complete the study guide performed significantly better than students in the control section. Students who reported completing 75% or more of the study guide did not perform significantly better than students who completed 25% or less. Results offer support for the effectiveness of study guides in courses that use multiple-choice exams; however, more exercises may not enhance performance compared to fewer exercises. Students who used the study guide had a positive perception of the usefulness of the study guide, and most stated that they would voluntarily use one in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-39
Number of pages6
JournalTeaching of Psychology
Volume32
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2005

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Effect of textbook study guides on student performance in introductory psychology. / Dickson, K. Laurie; Miller, Michelle; Devoley, Michael S.

In: Teaching of Psychology, Vol. 32, No. 1, 12.2005, p. 34-39.

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Dickson, K. Laurie ; Miller, Michelle ; Devoley, Michael S. / Effect of textbook study guides on student performance in introductory psychology. In: Teaching of Psychology. 2005 ; Vol. 32, No. 1. pp. 34-39.
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