Teaching Psychology: A Step by Step Guide

Teaching Psychology: A Step by Step Guide

Teaching Psychology: A Step by Step Guide

Teaching Psychology: A Step by Step Guide

Synopsis

An overview of the nuts and bolts of teaching psychology, outlining the major problems and issues confronting psychology teachers. It also offers a wide range of specific, down-to-earth suggestions and immediately usable materials, all of which can help psychology teachers teach better and help students learn more.

Excerpt

We came to this book from very different backgrounds, but with a single purpose, namely to share with you what we have learned about teaching psychology, and what others have learned through their research on effective teaching.

Sandy always wanted to be a teacher, and fulfilled that dream by pursuing a teacher education program and earning a teaching certificate in Social Sciences. After completing student-teaching at a junior high school and an internship at a high school, she earned a master's degree in Teaching Social Sciences, then spent the next 6 years teaching psychology at two different community colleges. Married with two small children, her next step was to complete the PhD program in Educational Psychology (with an emphasis on teacher behavior) at Indiana University. Before being admitted to that program, she was told by members of the admissions committee to rewrite her goals statement that, in their view, placed too much emphasis on teaching and not enough on research. She did so, but throughout her graduate career she continued to find opportunities to teach.

Doug came to teaching through a much different route. His first course was introductory psychology, and he was assigned to teach it while he was still a graduate student at Northwestern University. Unlike Sandy, he had absolutely no preparation for teaching, and learned to teach as best he could, mainly through the school of hard knocks, as it were. After completing his doctorate in clinical psychology Doug joined the faculty at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign where, except for a couple of sabbaticals and short . . .

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