Sneaking it in: Using Popular Texts to Teach How to Summarize and Cite Research

Students often struggle with summarizing the results of research studies and appropriately citing sources using APA format. This poster describes how to use popular texts to teach students these essential skills. Students in an interpersonal relationships course read Modern Romance by the comedian Aziz Ansari. The book is entertaining but also firmly rooted in social science research. Assignments including comparing Ansari’s summary to the original article in order to identify what information Ansari chose to include and what information he excluded and why. Students also edited Ansari’s summaries to be consistent with APA style. Course evaluations, on a 5-point scale, indicated that students found the assignments to be helpful (M = 4.92, SD = 0.28) and they felt they gained important knowledge (M = 4.69, SD = 0.63). The assignments from the course will be provided, along with suggestions for popular texts that might be used in other classes.

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4:00pm to 5:30pm

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Teaching and Learning Presentations

Conference Year

SETOP 2017