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Thematic Approaches for Teaching Introductory Psychology 1st Edition

Dana S. Dunn

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  • ISBN-10: 1337668842
  • ISBN-13: 9781337668842
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THEMATIC APPROACHES FOR TEACHING INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY helps psychology educators address the challenges of coverage, integrate active learning opportunities, and address ever-evolving educational technologies. This guide features current scholarship and the latest practices for teaching introductory psychology in face-to-face, online, or hybrid environments. The editors invite expert psychology instructors to describe ongoing themes that provide structure and unity to this important gateway course. Themes address broad frameworks, such as problem-based learning; "big ideas" that integrate course content, such as subjectivity of human experience; and particular skills and ways of thinking, such as quantitative reasoning.

Dana S. Dunn, Moravian College

Dana S. Dunn earned his B.A. in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Virginia. He is Professor of Psychology and former chair of the Psychology Department at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Dr. Dunn is author or editor of over 30 books and over 150 journal articles, chapters, and book reviews. His scholarship examines teaching, learning, and liberal education, as well as the social psychology of disability. His Psychology Today blog on teaching is called "Head of the Class." He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and served as president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2) in 2010. In 2013, Dr. Dunn received the APF Charles L. Brewer Award for Distinguished Teaching of Psychology. He is currently editor-in-chief of the Oxford Bibliographies (OB): Psychology.
  • 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.

Thematic Approaches for Teaching Introductory Psychology


Foreword, Philip G. Zimbardo.
1. On the Primacy of Introductory Psychology, Dana S. Dunn.
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.
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.
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.
Author Index.
Subject Index.