Student Perceptions of Textbook Outlines
Students in an introductory psychology course evaluated 3 types of outlines (traditional, graphical, alphabetical) and then provided summary information about their use of outlines and rank ordered their preferred type of outlines. Over 75% of students agreed that outlines are useful, and students clearly prefer the traditional, Roman numeral-style outline. We discuss these results in the context of pedagogical aids in introductory psychology textbooks and the potential for these aids to influence student performance.
Landrum, R. Eric and Clark, Jeremy. (2006). "Student Perceptions of Textbook Outlines". College Student Journal, 40(3), 646-650.