Applying the Principles of Perception to Everyday Experiences: A Night Out on the Town.

Maxine V Swingler, David R Simmons


In the present study we aimed to investigate whether applying concepts in visual and auditory perception to familiar scenarios using a small group teaching approach improved students’ understanding of and self-efficacy in visual and auditory perception. We presented scenarios to the students in the familiar context of a night out on the town, and included realistic visual and auditory perceptual phenomena in these scenarios. Students’ self-efficacy and comprehension was measured pre and post tutorial, and results showed that students’ self-efficacy and comprehension significantly improved in all of the tasks measured. Future developments will focus on the effect of this teaching approach on academic performance and comparisons with more traditional teaching approaches. .

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