This activity teaches skills in critical assessment of the peer-reviewed published literature. It focuses on analysis of clinical trials in mental health, but the principles and methods are readily generalizable to other scientific literature. The “Smackdown” approach represents an augmentation of the traditional “journal club” mode of teaching critical scientific reading skills.
Students provided feedback on the highlights of lecture (Roses) and confusing concepts (Thorns) through a weekly online form, providing students with time for reflection and instructors with the ability to address areas of confusion.
In this introductory course for psychology undergraduates, students receive constructive feedback on their writing delivered in a format that simulates the peer review process in academia. Students learn about peer review methods and strengthen their writing. Read more about Peer Review Revisions
Overview: In this short warm up activity, students share current events with the class and briefly discuss the issue. The activity promotes student engagement in the classroom and encourages students to be informed on current international affairs.