Can Human Subject Pool Participation Benefit Sociology Students?
Teaching Sociology Volume 43, Number 1, ISSN 0092-055X
Instructors at non-research institutions are less able to expose their students to research firsthand. Utilizing human subject pools (HSPs) in class may be a solution. Given that HSPs tend to be used in introduction to psychology classes at research institutions, we examine a community college HSP to answer three questions: (1) Do community college students positively assess the educational value of HSP experience? (2) Can sociology students perceive HSP experience to be as educationally effective as psychology students? (3) Can online students perceive HSP experience to be as educationally effective as in-person students? Results indicate that not only did community college students hold positive evaluations of their HSP experience, but sociology and online students also felt they benefited as much as psychology or in-person students. HSPs were also considered particularly effective by students taking research methods. HSP participation may be a viable teaching tool for sociology instructors at non-research schools.
Chin, L.G. & Gibbs Stayte, P. (2015). Can Human Subject Pool Participation Benefit Sociology Students?. Teaching Sociology, 43(1), 27-38.