Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology

General Pedagogical Resources Links

These resources consist of WWW-accessible materials which are pedagogical in nature, that is, they contribute directly to classroom teaching, course development, and department functioning. These may include resources such as peer-reviewed collections of course syllabi, lesson plans, course lectures, etc. Normally, STP only lists cost-free resources which have been prepared to assist graduate, undergraduate and high school teachers of psychology; these links do not generally include any materials developed by private, individual, or commercial providers of clinical services (e.g., private or group clinical practices).

Enhancing the College Experience: Helping Students Thrive (Resources for Intro Psychology)

This site was produced by a joint Task Force of Divisions 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology) and 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women) of the American Psychological Association. The task forces notes: "Many students arrive on a college campus and find that they must make choices they never faced during high school. The orientation session for first-year students may consist of little more than a guided tour of the campus and a brief overview of college policies. Our aim is to assist Introductory Psychology faculty in addressing students' need for information. We provide links to websites and descriptions of videotapes that can be used as supplements to existing course content. Our focus is on social issues, rather than academic/cognitive problems." The topics covered by this site include: Alcohol use and binge-drinking; Depression and suicide; Eating disorders; Health-related behavior: Exercise, nutrition, stress reduction, tobacco use; Interpersonal violence and aggression (includes sexual harassment); Sexual behavior (includes HIV and AIDS) and sexual orientation; Substance abuse and addiction; and Social pressure and social support. Please visit http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/Sommerb/taskforce/

Online Psychology Laboratory

Online Psychology Laboratory (OPL) is the first funded psychology project in the National Science Digital Library. This initial offering provides users with highly interactive, web-deliverable experiments and demonstrations, a cumulative data archive from which students can retrieve datasets for analysis, and pedagogical materials that link psychological sciences to curricula in high schools, community colleges, and 4-year institutions. Phase One of OPL is currently active with 26 fully usable experiments and links to supplemental resources. Psychology students can collect data, analyze data, and report their findings for class assignments or individual projects. Further, OPL provides useful resources that have applications in the disciplines of statistics and the biological bases of human behavior. Please visit at http://opl.apa.org.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

An Instructor's Guide for Introducing Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Prepared by the Education and Training Committee of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Nine modules of materials addressing important issues in I/O psychology including Leadership and Gender Stereotypes, Workplace Diversity, Motivation and Performance, etc. Many modules are accompanied by supplementary materials and PowerPoint lecture slides.

Outcomes Assessment

The Assessment CyberGuide for Learning Goals and Outcomes in the Undergraduate Psychology Major (Task Force on Undergraduate Psychology Major Competencies, Board of Educational Affairs, American Psychological Association) The APA Task Force on Learning Goals and Outcomes has rolled out "The Assessment Cyberguide" online to assist departments with assessment planning. The cyberguide features a series of about 12 articles devoted to tips and information that can help departments make decisions about how to invest their time in assessment planning and maintenance. These include specific evaluation recommendations regarding how each of the ten goals recommended in the Task Force report could be targeted. The ten goals and related outcomes will be up for review and approval by the APA Council of Representatives in August, 2003.

Principles for Quality Undergraduate Education in Psychology (2011)

The following principles for undergraduate education in psychology are designed for creating: A world-class educational system that provides students with the workplace skills needed in this information age; A solid academic background that prepares them for advanced study in a wide range of fields; and The knowledge, skills, and abilities that will enhance their personal lives. A quality undergraduate education is designed to produce psychologically literate citizens who apply the principles of psychological science at work and at home. We urge all stakeholders in undergraduate education in psychology to incorporate these principles in establishing goals and objectives that fit their specific institutional needs and missions.

National Standards for the Teaching of High School Psychology (2011)

These standards were designed to enhance quality curricula, to express learning goals for students, and to promote change in the teaching of the high school introductory psychology course. This document represents a vision of what students should know and be able to do after completing the high school psychology course.

Physiological Psychology/Neuropsychology

MedFriendly.com (tm) is an online dictionary of more than 1600 medical terms and concepts prepared by Ph.D. candidate Dominic Carone, who is completing his neuropsychology internship at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center. Mr. Carone adopts a particularly student-friendly tone (in line with this site's name) in explaining not only the terms used in many physiological psychology or neuropsychology courses, but in describing some of the culture and practices of medical settings. The "Useful Links" are, indeed, that. The site is supported by some advertising banners and links to Barnes & Noble, but there's no cost to visitors who can explore the fascinating world where psychology and medicine come into contact.

Personality Psychology

The mission of Personality Pedagogy is to establish an online community of teacher-scholars which provides support and resources for the teaching of personality psychology. These resources include, but are not limited to, annotated high-quality links, examples, audio-visual material, slides, discussions, and documents. For any given topic the most useful links are provided, rather than an exhaustive set of links. Your comments and inputs are welcomed. Some pages (e.g. Examples) are editable so that users can add their own contributions.

The Psych Files

The Psych Files is a podcast hosted by Michael A. Britt, Ph.D. He releases three episodes a month, each about 20-30 minutes long. The Psych Files is aimed broadly at anyone curious about human behavior. Students taking a course in psychology, those majoring in psychology, and instructors of psychology will find the podcast particularly of interest.

Research and Statistics

Gary Lewandowski, Natalie Ciarocco, and David Strohmetz created a website devoted to peer-reviewed resources for teaching research and statistics in psychology. Specifically, TeachPsychScience.org provides links to online demonstrations, descriptions of class demonstrations, suggestions for class/lab activities, class assignments, lecture materials, and/or student exercises.

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