Psychology: Concepts and Applications

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Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2012 - Education - 768 pages
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PSYCHOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS, Fourth Edition, offers a concept-based approach supported by a unique pedagogical framework. Author Jeff Nevid provides a broad view of psychology that includes history, major theories, research methods, and important research findings as well as applications of contemporary research to the problems and challenges faced in everyday life. Nevid developed the effective teaching devices in this text based on a comprehensive system derived from research on learning and memory as well as his own research on textbook pedagogy. The text's successful modular format organizes each chapter into manageable instructional units that help students focus on one topic at a time within the context of a larger chapter structure. The material also incorporates four goals that Nevid refers to as the Four E's of Effective Learning: Engaging Student Interest, Encoding Information, Elaborating Meaning, and Evaluating Progress. In the Fourth Edition, Nevid employs a new IDEA Model of Course Assessment--unique to this text--which maps specific learning goals (tied to APA goals) to measurable skills students acquire in their first exposure to psychology. Executed throughout each chapter, the model presents learning objectives that are expressed in the form of active learning verbs, and linked to measurable learning outcomes. The model is integrated with the test-item file, making it easy for instructors to select items measuring these particular outcomes.
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Dr. Jeffrey Nevid is Professor of Psychology at St. John's University in New York. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2), he has conducted research in many areas, including health psychology, clinical and community psychology, personality assessment, social psychology, gender and human sexuality, adolescent development and the teaching of psychology. He also is actively involved in conducting research on pedagogical advances to help students succeed in their courses. In addition to over 200 research publications and professional presentations, Dr. Nevid is the author or co-author of more than a dozen textbooks and other books in psychology and related fields, many in multiple editions. His research publications have appeared in such journals as HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, JOURNAL OF PERSONALITY ASSESSMENT, JOURNAL OF CONSULTING AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, JOURNAL OF COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY, JOURNAL OF YOUTH AND ADOLESCENCE, BEHAVIOR THERAPY, PSYCHOLOGY AND MARKETING, PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, TEACHING OF PSYCHOLOGY, SEX ROLES and JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. Dr. Nevid also served on the editorial boards of the journals HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, TEACHING OF PSYCHOLOGY and PSYCHOLOGY AND MARKETING and as associate editor of the JOURNAL OF CONSULTING AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY. He received his doctorate from the State University of New York at Albany and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in evaluation research at Northwestern University.

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