Studies in Introductory Psychology

CIRCLE is working on two imbricated studies in introductory psychology:

Introductory Psychology Knowledge Inventory

Can we develop a reliable and valid assessment tool to measure student learning of core concepts in introductory psychology?

We are developing the inventory based on the established scale-development procedures in the field of psychology. We are evaluating the inventory based on established criteria and essential metrics—construct validity, content validity, and criterion validity.

Active Learning in Introductory Psychology

Do active-learning pedagogies in psychology improve student learning of core concepts compared to traditional approaches to teaching psychology?

We are evaluating the active-learning innovations by comparing previous iterations of the course, which was taught mostly in lecture style, with the newer course that integrates more active-learning strategies into the lectures.


Julie Bugg (Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences)
Gina Frey (Teaching Center, CIRCLE)
Mark McDaniel (Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences), CIRCLE)
Erin Solomon (CIRCLE)

Additional participants in the Active Learning in Introductory Psychology study:

Emily Cohen-Shikora(Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences)
Heike Winterheld (Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences)


This project is supported by the Transformational Initiative for Education in STEM (TIES).