Skills II: Observing Others and Yourself
Full course description
Skills II focusses on both study skills and research skills. In Skills I students get a mentor assigned who will supervise the meetings of Skills II. The mentor and the group will meet in total 5 times during Skills II. The focus of the first, second and fourth will be on study skills. Students learn what effective study strategies are in period 1, become aware of their own study strategies (period 2) and learn alternative study methods. During period 3, students will work in small groups on their first observational research. These research projects are methodologically supported by the courses Methods and Techniques and Statistics for Psychologists I. The projects are substantively related to the course Discover Psychology which runs in parallel to the observational study in period 3. In this period the mentor and the group have three group meetings to discuss the progress of this research. Additionally, students will present their research results together with their subgroup and write a research report. As preparation for the observational research students follow the practical training Systematic Literature Search...Finally, the students will complete the practical trainings Data Processing via SPSS, and Observing behaviour.
Students are able:
- to explain the quality of the different study methods (for example self-testing, distributed practice, elaborate interrogation, summarising, ) and are able to apply the most effective skills;
- to explain the empirical cycle and have followed this cycle themselves in making a research design, the conduction of an observational research, and the analysis and interpretation of the data;
- to mention the most relevant aspects of observation and have had exercise in the observation of behaviour;
- to communicate in a scientific way by writing a research paper and presenting (orally) the results.
- E.B. de Sousa Fernandes Perna