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Introduction to psychology is an important course in the psychology curriculum because it serves as a gateway to the major and, for most undergraduates, is the only psychology course they will ever take. This edited, up-to-date guide presents insights that help educators address challenges of coverage, integration of active learning opportunities, and ever-evolving educational technologies. The book features current scholarship and pedagogical practices regarding the teaching of introductory psychology in face-to-face, online, or hybrid environments. The editors achieve their goals through an unusual approach: inviting experienced and expert teachers of introductory psychology to describe an ongoing theme that provides structure and unity to the gateway course. Themes include broad frameworks (e.g., problem-based learning), "big ideas" that integrate course content (e.g., subjectivity of human experience), or particular skills and ways of thinking (e.g., quantitative reasoning).
- The book includes an overview chapter, written by distinguished author and teacher Dana S. Dunn, on the primacy and critical importance of the introductory course.
- Fourteen chapters examine different themes relevant to the teaching of introductory psychology. The chapters illustrate the value of emphasizing one or more key themes throughout the course as a way to unify theoretical and empirical findings and to maintain students' engagement and understanding. Each chapter provides concrete teaching ideas and tips alongside broad suggestions for ways of organizing the course.
- Chapters are organized within three sections: Broad Thematic Frameworks (e.g., problem-based learning); Big Ideas for Integrating Concepts (e.g., subjectivity of human experience); and Skill Development and Ways of Thinking (e.g., quantitative reasoning).
- The articles' invited authors are known to be outstanding teacher-scholars who are experienced in exploring a key theme when they teach introductory psychology.
- The Foreword is written by Philip Zimbardo, Emeritus Professor at Stanford and an influential teacher of introductory psychology.
- The book grew out of presentations and discussions at the Annual Stanford University Psychology One Conference, which brings together individuals from around the U.S. and Canada to share best practices and innovations in the teaching of introductory psychology.
1. On the Primacy of Introductory Psychology, Dana S. Dunn.
Part I: BROAD THEMATIC FRAMEWORKS.
2. Introductory Psychology: A Postmodern Love Story, Jane S. Halonen.
3. Give Them Something to Care About: Engaging Students in Introductory Psychology, Regan A. R. Gurung.
4. Thematic Approaches for Teaching Introductory Psychology: A Focus on Problem-Based Learning, Andrea LoGiudice and Joseph A. Kim.
5. Ciao! Translating Introductory Psychology into a Study Abroad Experience, Maureen A. McCarthy.
Part II: BIG IDEAS FOR INTEGRATING CONCEPTS.
6. Using Integrative Concepts as a Theme in Introductory Psychology, Ann E. Nordmeyer, Bridgette Martin Hard, and James G. Gross.
7. The Utter Subjectivity of Human Experience, Wayne Weiten.
8. Using Evolutionary Theory as an Overarching Theme for Understanding Psychology, Margaret F. Lynch.
Part III: SKILL DEVELOPMENT AND WAYS OF THINKING.
9. A Skills Theme for the Introductory Psychology Course, R. Eric Landrum.
10. The Purpose and Process of Teaching Communication Skills to Introductory Psychology Students, Jerusha B. Detweiler-Bedell and Abigail S. Hazlett.
11. Building Resilience through Applications to Everyday Life, Trudy Loop.
12. Seeing the World Like a Psychologist, Erin E. Hardin.
13. Sharing a Full Measure of Psychology: Teaching the Introductory Course to Strengthen Quantitative Reasoning, Neil Lutsky.
14. Infusing Scientific Thinking into Introductory Psychology, Amy Silvestri Hunter and Susan M. Teague.