Chapter 7. Where Angels Fear to Tread

The Undergraduate Research Project

  1. Dominic Upton Head Chair Fellow specialist and
  2. Annie Trapp Director founding member
  1. Mark Forshaw Principal Lecturer Chartered Scientist1 and
  2. Susan Hansen Senior Lecturer2

Published Online: 29 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320732.ch7

Teaching Psychology in Higher Education

Teaching Psychology in Higher Education

How to Cite

Forshaw, M. and Hansen, S. (2009) Where Angels Fear to Tread, in Teaching Psychology in Higher Education (eds D. Upton and A. Trapp), BPS Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320732.ch7

Editor Information

  1. University of Worcester, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Staffordshire University, UK

  2. 2

    Middlesex University in London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405195508

Online ISBN: 9781444320732



  • undergraduate research project;
  • issues in person and resource management attached to project supervision;
  • supervisory skills - while engaging in peer observation of teaching;
  • avoiding peer observations or external quality assessments;
  • undergraduate project - skimping, saving and rationing, the order of the day;
  • supervision and coaching;
  • key facts of coaching - mainly ‘supportive’;
  • student characteristics;
  • challenges particular to supervision of qualitative research projects;
  • assessing undergraduate psychology research projects - minefield of its own


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Supervisory Skills

  • Supervision and Coaching

  • Student Characteristics

  • Challenges Particular to the Supervision of Qualitative Research Projects

  • Assessment

  • The Joy of Projects

  • References