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Developing Scientific Literacy in Introductory Psychology. The Journal Project. Mary Worden-McGuinness, PsyD Ivy Tech Northwest De La Garza Campus (East Chicago). Overview. What is scientific literacy? How does it relate to General Education? How does this project work ? - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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Developing Scientific Literacy in Introductory PsychologyThe Journal ProjectMary Worden-McGuinness, PsyDIvy Tech NorthwestDe La Garza Campus (East Chicago)1OverviewWhat is scientific literacy?How does it relate to General Education?How does this project work?How does it apply to my discipline?

Q & A2What is Scientific Literacy?NSES definition "the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes required for personal decision-making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity" (National Science Education Standards, National Academy of Sciences).3Why is Scientific Literacy Important?Workers need itEmployers want itHigher levels of study require itBeing an informed citizen depends on itIts part of General Education coreIt will be assessed later4

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6Integrative/Applied Skills (Workplace Competencies)Application of technology to tasksCritical thinkingCustomer contact skillsInformation use skillsPresentation skillsProblem recognitiondefinitionsolution formulationReasoning(Paulson, 2001)

7Relevant General Education Outcomes1. Demonstrate critical and creative thinking4. Apply basic scientific concepts in a variety of settings5. Communicate effectively (written, oral, symbolic forms)6. Exhibit quantitative literacy7. Apply Ethical reasoning8. Demonstrate the acquisition and use of information8

9Introducing ideasFirst Day: Profile sheetWhat is one question you have about psychology?First chapter homeworkWhat is one topic you would like to study? What method would you use?First chapterscientific methodEarly: show journals; visit virtual libraryFirst exam: design a study (essay)10My Core Scientific ConceptsScientific methodSkepticismEvidence-basedCorrelation CausationTypes of research (case study, correlation, experiment)Goals: Description, Explanation, Prediction, Control11Scientific Method12The Journal ProjectFind a peer-reviewed research articleSummarize it

Present findings and propose new area of researchUse technology to help accomplish the task13


14Searching Academic Databases: Ivy Techs Virtual Librarylink to database search 15

16Scientific Method17

Quality of Required ElementsScorePossiblebleIntroduction2.5Hypothesis/Lit Review5Methods5Results5Discussion5New Study5Conclusion2.5Flow, organization5Grammar, spelling, citation5Group Paper (40 points)18Subject: RE:Method paper I gave to my group. Reply Modify Remove Author: W MCreation date: Wednesday, October 24, 2007 9:54:47 AM EDTDate last modified: Wednesday, October 24, 2007 9:54:47 AM EDTTotal views: 4Your views: 3 Previous Post | Next Post --Show Parent Post----Hide Parent Post--Hey, Ladies I just wanted to let you's know that I wasn't finished with my paper; but I just wanted to write down some of the basic methods that I found in our article. By next class I will have more detailed information and use more research terminology. See you's next class. I did the same thing you did. I wanted to make sure I was on the right path. I am responsible for the conclusion. I know that I didnot use enough medical terminogly but I asked R to let me know if she needed more info from me.Subject: RE:Method paper I gave to my group. Reply Modify Remove Blackboard Discussion Postingminimum of 3 (15 points)19

20File Exchange - Group Y (5 pts)2nd part Posted by: C PPosted on: Feb 23, 2009 1st part of Paper Posted by: W RPosted on: Feb 11, 2009 Group Article Posted by: W R Posted on: Feb 09, 2009

21Group Presentation (15 points)

Each group provides a 10-15 minute ppt presentation on their new study

They are free to use PowerPoint, interactive exercises, any type of visual aids and they may present as a group or one may represent the group. They can present on their topic, their article, or their new research.


23Criteria1.AG2.DL3.NG4.PSA. Make commitment to do tasksB. Do fair share of workC. Produce acceptable-quality workD. Actively participate in teamPeer Evaluation (10 points) 24 Reflection Paper (15 points)Write an essay reflecting on the process Experience of working on a team, using technology, searching academic databases, designing a study, etcpluses and minuses You will not be penalized for negative comments; be honest, but support your ideas.25OutcomesImproved information literacy-use of academic search vs. Google Improved scientific literacy: understanding of professional research including scientific method, peer review, familiarity with data Improved ability to synthesize informationTechnology familiarity: Blackboard, Word and PowerPointOpenness to future research projects (may help in further study)26GENED Assessment: CAAPScientific reasoningData representations (e.g., graphs/charts)Research summary (experimental design and interpretation of results)Comparing conflicting viewpoints or hypothesesUnderstanding, Analyzing, Generalizing27Applicability Across DisciplinesBusinessEngineeringAccountingGeographyHealth Careers28Q & A29SourcesKaren Paulson, K. (2001) Using Competencies to Connect the Workplace and Postsecondary Education. New Directions for Institutional Research, 110, Summer 2001.Ivy Tech Community College General Education Goals, 2007Ivy Tech Community College Strategic Plan 2010National Science Education Standards, 1996ACT: Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP)30


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