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Bottleneck Concepts in Psychology: Exploratory First Steps
Psychology Learning & Teaching
  • Regan A.R. Gurung, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • R. Eric Landrum, Boise State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
9-1-2013
Abstract

The authors take an initial step in identifying potential bottleneck concepts in psychology, that is, concepts that are deceptively difficult, perhaps due to student overconfidence. In order to first identify bottleneck concepts, faculty (n = 65) rated the difficulty of 91 psychological concepts from across the discipline. Students (n = 35) rated both the difficulty of terms and their confidence in their own knowledge of 107 terms typically found in introductory psychology research methods and learning chapters. Additional research into psychology's bottleneck concepts may help instructors to focus more on the content that students struggle with, especially the content in which students overconfidence.

Citation Information
Regan A.R. Gurung and R. Eric Landrum. "Bottleneck Concepts in Psychology: Exploratory First Steps" Psychology Learning & Teaching (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/eric_landrum/108/