Ohio University junior presents at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting

Katie Labovitz
March 3, 2011

In April, Ohio University junior Caroline Johnson attended the American Educational Research Association 2010 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colo. to present her poster on the educational learning experience of undergraduate students and graduate teaching assistants in Ohio University’s Statistics for Behavioral Sciences Psychology course. This project was funded as part of a two year 1804 Grant that the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs received from Ohio University.

An Honors Tutorial College / Voinovich School Research Scholar and lead author in the project, Johnson designed and moderated focus groups to discover what phobias undergraduate students have heading into the statistics course and how those fears can be alleviated. She worked with Voinovich School Assistant Professor Holly Raffle and Voinovich Faculty Fellow Dr. Craig McCarthy, a professor from the psychology department, to collect and analyze data. Together they hoped to learn how to improve the undergraduates’ experiences and allow the graduate teaching assistants for the course to align their teaching practices with those of the psychology professors in order to better teach their students, as well as become better instructors themselves.