Handbook of Demonstrations and Activities in the Teaching of Psychology, Second Edition
Volume I: Introductory, Statistics, Research Methods, and History
Edited by Mark E. Ware, David E. Johnson
Psychology Press – 2000 – 266 pages
For those who teach students in psychology, education, and the social sciences, the Handbook of Demonstrations and Activities in the Teaching of Psychology, Second Edition provides practical applications and rich sources of ideas. Revised to include a wealth of new material (56% of the articles are new), these invaluable reference books contain the collective experience of teachers who have successfully dealt with students' difficulty in mastering important concepts about human behavior. Each volume features a table that lists the articles and identifies the primary and secondary courses in which readers can use each demonstration. Additionally, the subject index facilitates retrieval of articles according to topical headings, and the appendix notes the source as it originally appeared in Teaching of Psychology, the official journal of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Division Two of the American Psychological Association.
Volume I consists of 97 articles about strategies for teaching introductory psychology, statistics, research methods, and the history of psychology classes. Divided into four sections (one for each specialty), the book suggests ways to stimulate interest, promote participation, grasp psychological terminology, and master necessary scientific skills.
"…the second [edition] has something to offer to all teachers of psychology. It is well organized, with a structure that parallels most introductory psychology texts….This three-volume set of class activities compiled by Ware and Johnson remains a potentially valuable resource for the faculty member who desires to be more effective in the classroom. It is arguably the most complete source of its kind available to teachers of psychology."
Contents: Preface. Part I: Introductory. Promoting Active Learning and Discussion. Learning Psychological Terminology. Introducing Research and Scientific Thinking. Using Supplemental Readings. Part II: Statistics. Making Statistics Relevant. Generating Data. Teaching Concepts and Principles. Exploring Pedagogical Strategies. Part III: Research Methods. Introducing Scientific Thinking. Reviewing the Literature. Teaching Research Ethics. Teaching Research Design and Methods of Observation. Working in Groups. Presenting Research Results. Using Computers. Using Popular Media and Scholarly Publications. Examining Miscellaneous Issues. Part IV: History. Promoting Active Participation. Expanding Students' Knowledge. Discovering Philosophies of Psychology.