A Guide to Teaching Introductory Psychology

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 22, 2009 - Psychology - 328 pages
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A Guide to Teaching Introductory Psychology focuses on the critical aspects of teaching introductory psychology to undergraduate students. It includes ideas, tips, and strategies for effectively teaching this course and provides useful answers to commonly asked questions.

  • A concise and accessible guide to teaching introductory courses in Psychology
  • Begins with an orienting history of the course· Evaluates current trends in teaching and offers suggestions for developing personal techniques
  • Addresses a number of relevant issues, including how to teach difficult topics; linking course content to everyday experience; developing and using class presentations, lectures, and active learning ideas; and increasing interest in course topics
  • Supported by a website that provides links to useful websites and handouts that instructors can use in their classes (http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/teachpsychscience/lucas/)
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 An Introduction to Introductory Psychology
1
What is Introductory Psychology?
2
What Do I Teach?
3
How Do I Teach?
11
Who Are Your Introductory Psychology Students?
15
Using This Book
17
In Summary
21
Chapter 2 Getting Ready to Teach
24
Chapter 8 Learning and Memory
144
Teaching the Content
147
Classroom Tips
155
References
166
Additional Suggested Readings for Instructors
167
Chapter 9 CognitionLanguageand Cognitive Abilities
168
Teaching the Content
172
Classroom Tips
183

The Course Syllabus
26
Evaluating Student Learning
28
Managing Your Classroom
35
The First Days of Class
40
Summary
44
Chapter 3 IntroductionResearch MethodsCulture
48
Teaching the Content
52
Classroom Tips
55
References
61
Chapter 4 Human Development
62
Teaching the Content
65
Classroom Tips
70
References
74
Additional Suggested Readings for Instructors
75
Chapter 5 Biological Psychology
76
Teaching the Content
79
Classroom Tips
81
References
91
Chapter 6 Sensation and Perception
92
Teaching the Content
96
Classroom Tips
103
References
115
Additional Suggested Readings for Instructors
116
Chapter 7 ConsciousnessMotivation and Emotion
117
Teaching the Content
122
Classroom Tips
132
References
140
Additional Suggested Readings for Instructors
143
References
192
Additional Suggested Readings for Instructors
195
Chapter 10 Health Stress Coping and Personality
196
Teaching the Content
201
Classroom Tips
209
References
220
Additional Suggested Readings for Instructors
221
Chapter 11 Mental Disorders and Therapies
222
Teaching the Content
227
Classroom Tips
235
References
242
Additional Suggested Readings for Instructors
243
Chapter 12 Social Psychology
244
Teaching the Content
248
Classroom Tips
256
References
267
Additional Suggested Readings for Instructors
270
Chapter 13 Ending Your Course Re ecting on itand Getting Ready for the Next Time
271
The Last Class Session
274
EndofTerm Reflections
276
SelfEvaluation
278
Tips From Experienced Teachers
279
Some Final Thoughts
282
References
283
Professional Development Resources in the Teaching of Psychology
285
Index
292
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Sandra Goss Lucas is Director of Introductory Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois. Her teaching awards include the University of Illinois Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Alpha Lambda Delta Award for Outstanding Teacher of Freshmen. Her publications include Teaching Psychology: A Step by Step Guide (with Douglas A. Bernstein, 2004).

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