Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Division 2 of the American Psychological Association

Promoting Student Engagement: Volume 1

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Table of Contents

Chapter Title and Author Page
Cover Page
Table of Contents
Wilbert J. McKeachie
Richard L. Miller
Section 1. Why and How Engagement Matters
Richard L. Miller, Editor
Factors that Promote Engagement
Corey Guenther & Richard L. Miller
Outcomes Associated with Student Engagement
Richard L. Miller & Jeanne M. Butler
Section 2. Programs that Promote Student Engagement I
Eric Amsel & Brenda Marsteller Kowalewski, Editors
Engaging Students through Psychology Organizations
Kristina R. Thielen, Donna Stuber, Cathy A. Grover & Kenneth A. Weaver
Psi Beta as an Avenue of Engagement
Valerie T. Smith & Jennifer L. O'Loughlin-Brooks
Preparing to Serve: A Program Training College Students for Tutoring and Mentoring in Public Schools
Eric Amsel, Sheldon Cheshire, Alisha Massen, Brenda Marsteller Kowalewski, & Jan Winniford
Community Service Engagement
Maya M. Khanna
Undergraduate Internships for Psychology Majors
George B. Yancey
Residential Learning Communities in Psychology: How to Get Started
Courtney A. Rocheleau, M. Corinne Smith, Shawn Bergman, & Mark C. Zrull
Increasing Student Engagement through Curricular-Based Learning Communities
Kim Buch & Kenneth E. Barron
Civic Engagement Through Service Learning
Jennifer L. O'Loughlin-Brooks & Valerie T. Smith
Interdisciplinary International Service-Learning: The Story of Our Success
Steve T. Barney, Rachel Kirk, & Boyd Fife
Alumni in the Classroom (and Beyond)
Donna Stuber, Kristina R. Thielen, Jennifer Babitzke, & Bill Allan
Section 3. Programs that Promote Student Engagement II
Bernard C. Beins, Editor
Building the Case for Engagement in Honors College Programs
Chrisanne Christensen
Structuring the Capstone Experience in Psychology
Theresa A Wadkins & Richard L. Miller
SENCER: Science Education and Running Before Walking
William Wozniak
First-Year Experience: Introduction to the Psychology Major Course
Brian W. Schrader, Kenneth A. Weaver, & James Persinger
Student Engagement in Undergraduate Research
Jeffrey D. Holmes & Bernard C. Beins
Freshman Orientation Programs
Brooke Bennett-Day & Lisa Rouleau
School in Your Skivvies: Lessons Learned on Promoting Student Engagement in a Virtual Versus Traditional Classroom Setting
Sara Villanueva
Interteaching: A Behavior-Analytic Approach to Promoting Student Engagement
Bryan K. Saville
The Democratic Academy: Pedagogies for Student Engagement
Kerrie Baker, Kathleen Boland, Elizabeth Meade, & Suzanne Weaver
Section 4. Student Engagement Techniques
Kenneth D. Keith, Editor
Engaging Students through e-Polling
Bill Hill & Randolph A. Smith
Active Learning
Isabelle D. Cherney
Using Reflective Journaling in the College Course
Krista K. Fritson, Krista D. Forrest, & Mackenzie L. Bohl
Increasing Student Engagement with a Motivational Interviewing Strategy
Susan E. Becker, Leslie Miller, & Bruce A. Bishop
Peer Learning and Its Applications to Undergraduate Psychology Instruction
John D. Murray
Do Podcasts Engage and Educate College Students?
Blaine F. Peden & Benjamin Z. Domask
Strategies for Making Psychology Self-Relevant In and Out of the Classroom
Natalie J. Ciarocco, Lisa M. Dinella, & Gary W. Lewandowski Jr.
Increasing Learner Engagement with Team-based Learning
Heath Marrs
Embedding Guided Discussions in Class Activities and Assignments
Jeannetta G. Williams & Sara Villanueva
Jigsaw Classroom
David V. Perkins & Michael J. Tagler
Using E-Portfolios in Psychology Courses
Michael Vigorito
Insert Comment Technique Promotes Student Engagement in Online Courses
Blaine F. Peden, Jill M. Jansen, & Amy K. Thoftne
Section 5. Special opportunities for engagement
Blaine F. Peden, Editor
First-Class First Classes
Mitchell M. Handelsman
The Last Word: Engaging Students for Life
Kenneth D. Keith
Web 2.0 Applications to Foster Student Engagement
B. Jean Mandernach & Sarah S. Taylor
Engaging Students: Issues of Cultural Privilege
Loreto Prieto
Academic Engagement for the Benefit of All: Practical Strategies for Incorporating Non Gender Normative Students
Jennifer R. Daniels
Commentary on Multicultural Student Engagement
Kelley Haynes Mendez
Engagement of International Students on United States of America Campuses
Matthew Mims & Grace Mims
Section 6. Assessing student engagement
Blaine F. Peden, Editor
Documenting the Beneficial Effects of Student Engagement: Assessing Student Learning Outcomes
R. Eric Landrum
Using Standardized Tests to Assess Institution-Wide Student Engagement
Jeanne M. Butler
Assessing Civic Engagement
Katrina H. Norvell & Sherril B. Gelmon
Assessing Course Student Engagement
B. Jean Mandernach, Emily Donnelli-Sallee, & Amber Dailey-Hebert
Working with Students to Promote Engagement in Departmental and University-Wide Assessment
Kenneth E. Barron & Jeanne M. Butler
Secret Agents, Alien Spies, and a Quest to Save the World: Engaging Students in Scientific Reasoning and Critical Thinking through Operation ARIES!
Heather A. Butler, Carol Forsyth, Diane F. Halpern, Arthur Graesser, & Keith Millis
I Have One Question: Engaging Students Through Formative Assessment
Rob McEntarffer
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Miller, R. L., Amsel, E., Kowalewski, B. M., Beins, B. C., Keith, K. D., & Peden, B. F. (2011). Promoting student engagement (Vol 1): Programs, techniques and opportunities. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Web site:

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Guenther, C., & Miller, R. L. (2011). Factors that promote engagement. In R. L. Miller, E. Amsel, B. M. Kowalewski, B. C. Beins, K. D. Keith, & B. F. Peden (Eds.), Promoting student engagement (Vol. 1, pp. 10-17). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Web site:

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