Best Practices for Teaching Introduction to Psychology

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Dana S. Dunn, Stephen L. Chew
Taylor & Francis, Jul 29, 2005 - Psychology - 304 pages
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This new book provides a scholarly, yet practical approach to the challenges found in teaching introductory psychology. Best Practices for Teaching Introduction to Psychology addresses:

• developing the course and assessing student performance
• selecting which topics to cover and in how much depth
• the effective use of teaching assistants (TAs) and efficient and fair ways to construct and grade exams
• choosing the best textbook
• assessment advice on how to demonstrate students are learning;
• using on-line instruction, writing exercises, and class demonstrations
• teaching majors and non-majors in the same classroom.

This book will appeal to veteran and novice educators who teach introductory psychology as well as graduate students teaching the course for the first time. It will also serve as an excellent resource in faculty workshops on teaching introductory psychology.

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About the author (2005)

Dana S. Dunn earned his B.A. in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Virginia. He chaired the psychology department at Moravian in Bethlehem, PA for six years, and currently is professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common Curriculum at Moravian. A fellow of the American Psychological Association, Dunn is active in the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and frequently presents at national and regional disciplinary conferences. Dunn has written numerous articles, chapters, and book reviews concerning his areas of research interest: the teaching of psychology, social psychology, and rehabilitation psychology. He is the author or editor of several books, including RESEARCH METHODS FOR SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (Blackwell, in press) and A SHORT GUIDE TO WRITING ABOUT PSYCHOLOGY (Pearson Longman, 2008).

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