By Sandra Goss Lucas
A consultant to instructing Introductory Psychology specializes in the severe facets of educating introductory psychology to undergraduate scholars. It comprises principles, information, and techniques for successfully instructing this direction and offers beneficial solutions to frequently asked questions.
- A concise and obtainable consultant to instructing introductory classes in Psychology
- Begins with an orienting historical past of the direction? Evaluates present tendencies in instructing and provides feedback for constructing own innovations
- Addresses a couple of suitable concerns, together with tips to train tough subject matters; linking direction content material to daily adventure; constructing and utilizing classification shows, lectures, and lively studying rules; and lengthening curiosity in path subject matters
- Supported by way of an internet site that offers hyperlinks to worthy web content and handouts that teachers can use of their sessions (http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/teachpsychscience/lucas/)
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2004). Teaching a course you feel unprepared to teach. APS Observer, 17(11), 33–34, 44. , & Zechmeister, E. (2000). Introductory textbooks and psychology’s core concepts. Teaching of Psychology, 27(1), 6–11. pm5 23 2/20/08, 1:39 PM 24 Getting Ready to Teach Chapter 2 Getting Ready to Teach Now that you are familiar with the major issues involved in teaching introductory psychology, it is time to think about the basics of your course construction. , Forsyth, 2003; Goss Lucas & Bernstein, 2005), so this chapter will provide just a brief look at some of the major teaching decisions you will need to make.
I don’t profess to have all the answers about how to do this without making the classroom environment uncomfortable, but Anderson (1999) provided some guidelines that I have found to be of value. As he points out, these guidelines are based on establishing an atmosphere of openness and mutual respect early in the term. pm5 37 2/20/08, 1:42 PM 38 Getting Ready to Teach • • • • • Remind students about sensitive or controversial topics that will be addressed at the next class. This may motivate students to do the reading associated with that topic, and perhaps begin to consider what they think about it and what they want to know about it.
A Guide to Teaching Introductory Psychology by Sandra Goss Lucas