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Originally posted on October 18, 2016. 


For both graduate students and instructors alike, there are many reasons to teach a research methods course. From demand for professors to the ability to harbor student skills, these pragmatic approaches to teaching an engaging course are beneficial for students and instructors.


Read more about my approach to teaching research methods on TeachPsych:

The Discovering the Scientist Within: Research Methods in Psychology author team—Gary Lewandowski, Natalie Ciarocco, and David Strohmetz—would like to share our sincere thanks for your overwhelming interest in our recently published first edition.


Since publication in December, we've been so delighted to see that our vision to create a text with a student-centric "learning by doing" approach has resonated with so many our of colleagues throughout North America.


Thank you for your reviews, comments, support, and excitement. We hope that you will contact us with any questions! Best wishes in your courses in the upcoming year.



Gary, Natalie and Dave


What's so different about Discovering the Scientist Within?


  • Each design chapter focuses on a single research question, which provides a strong foundation for students’ understanding of the actual design and the entire research process.


  • Each design chapter repeats all steps of the research process, which puts into classroom practice the authors’ own experience-based conclusion that repetition is the key to solidifying research skills—skills that lead to success in the laboratory, in the workplace, and beyond.


  • Book-specific Research in Action activities in LaunchPad Solo put students in the role of the researcher and ask them to make decisions in planning and executing a study from idea to results.

  • The authors have provided the most comprehensive Instructor’s Resource Manual for the research methods course, containing nearly 300 sources to make teaching methods easier and more relatable to students.