Several Trocaire College faculty received Faculty Initiative Grants for the Spring 2018 semester. This small stipend is to be used to promote initiatives and innovation in the classroom that will enhance student learning, engagement, and retention.
We will highlight one faculty member per week on the Trocaire Trailblazer blog to highlight this important and exciting work and give a glimpse into what our hard-working faculty members have planned for their classrooms.
Susan L. Horrocks, Ph.D
Education is about motivation, personal choice, and career objectives. Teaching is simply helping students obtain an education by assisting them through the process of making sound choices by creating a motivating atmosphere.
General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Human Sexuality, Health Psychology, Social Psychology, Research Methods: Techniques and Design, Multiculturalism, College Seminar
Faculty Initiative Grant project:
In Research Methods and Designs (PSY 320), students design a social science study. For this Faculty Initiative Grant, the research study that the students will design will include two additional components; first, the creation of a portfolio that contains all of the activities of the class that lead to the completed written paper proposal such that, it presents the process of conducting research (from origination of an idea and all the steps between that lead to a completed proposal, much like a capstone project). Second, the presentation of the designed study to a (faux) Institutional Review Board (IRB). The “IRB” evaluate the merits of the study and make a designation of Approved, Approved with Changes, or Not Approved.
What do you hope to gain from the project?
The overall consideration for this innovative learning activity is to aid in a deeper understanding of the role and implementation and necessity of research. It puts the student in the role of researcher from the first step up to when data collection can begin. This will incorporate the entire research process from the formation of an idea (problem, issue, question, puzzle) that can be empirically studied, to the development of the design, and then the creation of the methodology that is then presented to an “IRB.” The additional aspect of creating the portfolio will demonstrate the process by which their project was created and how they learned about research design which resulted in the choices made to study a social science concept of their choosing.
More about Dr. Horrocks:
PhD, Counselor Education
Master’s of Education & Certificate of Advanced Study, School Counseling
Bachelor’s of Arts, Media Studies and English
- SUNY University at Buffalo
Time at Trocaire:
10 1/2 years
Education is about motivation, personal choice, and career objectives. Teaching is simply helping students obtain an education by assisting them through the process of making sound choices by creating a motivating atmosphere throughout the process of achieving these goals.
Psychometrics; assessing motivation and educational and career interest; the research process; effective teaching methods