Individual Differences in Psychology Undergraduates’ Development of Research Methods Knowledge and Skills

Balloo, Kieran ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1745-4653 and Pauli, Regina and Worrell, Marcia (2016) Individual Differences in Psychology Undergraduates’ Development of Research Methods Knowledge and Skills. Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences, 217. pp. 790-800.

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Abstract

Not all psychology undergraduates appear to benefit from participating in research methodology classes. This longitudinal study tracked how students’ knowledge of research methods developed throughout their three-year undergraduate psychology degree. Card sorting procedures measuring knowledge of research methods terminology were repeated at four time-points across three years then analyzed using multidimensional scaling. There was no significant improvement in students’ research methods structural knowledge after a year, but there was by the end of students’ second year. Knowledge did not improve after students’ final year of study. Various metacognitive and motivational variables were significant correlates of research methods knowledge and research skills. Structural knowledge of research methods terminology appears to be developed from formal methodology training and is not improved upon after completion of a final year research project dissertation. Improving metacognitive skills and increasing motivation for methodology classes may be linked to better development of research methods knowledge and research skills.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
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Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2022 06:28
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2022 01:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: Research Methodology Training; Knowledge Development; Motivation
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520102 Educational psychology
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2016.02.147
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/46280

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