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Strengthening the Educational Value of Undergraduate Participation in Research as Part of a Psychology Department Subject Pool

Anne Moyer and Nancy Franklin
Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics: An International Journal
Vol. 6, No. 1 (March 2011), pp. 75-82
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
DOI: 10.1525/jer.2011.6.1.75
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/jer.2011.6.1.75
Page Count: 8
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Abstract

Participating in research must be an educational experience for students in order to ethically justify its inclusion as a requirement in college courses. Introductory Psychology students (N = 280) completed a written class assignment describing their research participation as a means to enhance this educational mission. Approximately half of students spontaneously mentioned something positive about the significance of the research or what they learned, with the remainder providing neutral, mixed, or negative comments. Students could articulate clearly and knowledgeably about the research in which they had participated. Such an assignment is an effective means to foster an understanding of the science of psychology.

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