The Teaching of Psychology: Essays in Honor of Wilbert J. McKeachie and Charles L. Brewer

The Teaching of Psychology: Essays in Honor of Wilbert J. McKeachie and Charles L. Brewer

The Teaching of Psychology: Essays in Honor of Wilbert J. McKeachie and Charles L. Brewer

The Teaching of Psychology: Essays in Honor of Wilbert J. McKeachie and Charles L. Brewer

Synopsis

The Teaching of Psychology is centered around the masterful work of two champions of the teaching of psychology, Wilbert J. McKeachie and Charles L. Brewer, in order to recognize their seminal contributions to the teaching of the discipline. The book's main goal is to provide comprehensive coverage and analysis of the basic philosophies, current issues, and the basic skills related to effective teaching in psychology. It transcends the typical "nuts and bolts" type books and includes such topics as teaching at small colleges versus a major university, teaching and course portfolios, the scholarship of teaching, what to expect early in a teaching career, and lifelong learning. This book is intended for academic psychologists who teach and/or train graduate assistants to teach at the college and university level.

Excerpt

Academic disciplines rarely celebrate teaching or their best teachers. Psychology, however, is clearly unique: It is the only academic discipline at the college/ university level that has gone to great lengths to emphasize the importance of high-quality teaching in sustaining, even growing, the discipline. For example, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division Two of the American Psychological Association [APA]), which boasts over 2,500 annual members, publishes a widely known and highly respected journal, Teaching of Psychology. It also sponsors a vibrant series of invited addresses, symposia, panel discussions, and poster sessions that focus exclusively on teaching at each APA annual meeting. In addition, there is a separate 3-day National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP) held each year in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, a teaching institute that accompanies the annual meetings of the American Psychological Society (APS), and several annual regional meetings devoted to the teaching of psychology (e.g., SETOP, MACTOP, SWTOP).

That the teaching of psychology has evolved as such a highly visible and significant aspect of academic psychology is due largely to the efforts of two pioneers in this field: Wilbert J. McKeachie, whose book, Teaching Tips, now in its 10th edition, set the standard for excellence in college and university teaching; and Charles L. Brewer, whose high standards of scholarship played the pivotal role . . .

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