Traditionally, appeals for improving the teaching of psychology at the post-secondary level have focused on increasing teacher training and motivation. However, wide-scale success may be limited because both approaches involve significant demands on teachers' time. I describe two recommendations that may improve teaching while requiring minimal time investment from individual teachers. The first is the development of an end-of-major assessment taken by undergraduate psychology majors that would provide valuable feedback to teachers on which areas of the curriculum need improvement. The second recommendation is to create a new database of research on teaching and learning that focuses on streamlining relevant information and improving user-friendliness through the use of a wiki interface. The feedback from the end-of-major assessment would link to the sections of the database that might prove most beneficial for improvement of the curricular areas indicated. Suggestions are provided for immediate implementation of both recommendations.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Psychology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Mason, David L., "Improving Undergraduate Education in Psychology Using an End-of-Major Standardized Assessment and a Teaching Resources Wiki" (2010). Theses and Dissertations. 2587.
teaching psychology, undergraduate education, standardized testing, wiki