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/)
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).
Series Editor's Preface. Acknowledgments. 1. An Introduction to Introductory Psychology. 2. Getting Ready to Teach. 3. Teaching the course: Introduction, Research Methods, Culture. 4. Teaching the course: Human Development. 5. Teaching the course: Biological Psychology. 6. Teaching the course: Sensation and Perception. 7. Teaching the course: Consciousness, Motivation and Emotion. 8. Teaching the course: Learning and Memory. 9. Teaching the course: Cognition, Language, and Cognitive Abilities. 10. Teaching the course: Health, Stress, Coping, and Personality. 11. Teaching the course: Mental Disorders and Therapies. 12. Teaching the course: Social Psychology. 13. Ending the Course, Reflecting On It, Getting Ready for the Next Time. Appendix: Professional Development Resources in the Teaching of Psychology.