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Teaching Reproducible Research

Wednesday 28th November 2018 at BPS Offices, London

Please note, bookings for this event closed at 13:00 on Friday 23rd November 2018.

Over the last few years, concerns about the reproducibility of research findings has prompted re-examination of ‘questionable research practices’ commonplace in traditional psychological science. Consequently, the way that researchers conduct, analyse, and report psychological findings is changing.

This reproducibility crisis influences the credibility of the psychological knowledge acquired by our students. It also has implications for the teaching of quantitative research methods. Yet, formal curricula are slow to react. Furthermore, the research methods training received by most psychology educators will have been according to the traditional paradigm.

This timely workshop provides University lecturers and pre-tertiary teachers with an introduction to the reproducibility crisis facing Psychology. It outlines how psychological science is responding to this challenge, and presents case studies of how psychology education is adapting.

We anticipate that workshop participants will leave with ideas for how to adapt their own teaching practice to respond to the reproducibility crisis.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • Identify 'questionable research practices' that limit the reproducibility of psychological science
  • Explain how psychological science is changing in light of the reproducibility crisis
  • Apply reproducible research principles to the teaching context
  • Review examples of emerging practice in teaching reproducible research
  • Design educational changes to enhance one's own teaching practice, in light of the reproducibility crisis

Who is the course intended for?

The target audience is lecturers and teachers with responsibility for teaching research methods or supervising student projects within the field of Psychology. It is aimed both at educators within higher education, and pre-tertiary contexts, and open to both members and non-members.

Please note, bookings for this event closed at 13:00 on Friday 23rd November 2018.

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507


Wednesday 28th November 2018

Please note, all speakers, timings and content are subject to change.

09:45Arrival and registration, networking and refreshments
10:30Welcome from DART-P chair (Julie Hulme) and introduction from facilitator (Mark Gardner)
10:45A rough guide to the reproducibility crisis in Psychology - Mark Gardner
11:30How psychological science is changing - Samuel Evans
12:15Activity: Application to Teaching - Mark Gardner
12:50Announcements (Julie Hulme)
13:00Buffet lunch, sponsored by Oxford University Press (provided)
14:00How Psychology education is adapting: Case Study Royal Holloway - Danijela Serbic
14:30Activity 2: Planning educational change - Mark Gardner, Danijela Serbic & Samuel Evans
15:45Synthesis, and close - Mark Gardner
16:00Workshop Close

Speakers and Facilitators

Dr Samuel Evans

Dr. Samuel Evans is a lecturer at the University of Westminster and an honorary research associate at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL. He is a lecturer and module leader for research methods and statistics. His research focuses on how the brain extracts meaning from spoken and visual languages, using fMRI and machine learning techniques. He is founder of a collaborative research consortium and has written about replication issues in cognitive neuroscience research.

Dr Mark Gardner

Dr Mark Gardner serves on the committees of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers of Psychology (DARTP), and the Undergraduate Education Committee (UEC). He is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, University of Westminster, were he has held a range of teaching and research leadership positions. His teaching currently focuses on quantitative research methods. Research interests include social cognition, cognitive performance and pedagogy in HE.

Dr Danijela Serbic

Dr Danijela Serbic is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is a Chartered Psychologist and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She co-ordinates Final Year Research Projects and teaches on several undergraduate and postgraduate courses, such as Research Methods and Analyses and Abnormal Psychology. Her research expertise is psychology of chronic pain and her current projects focus on the impact of chronic pain on university students’ well-being.


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