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  • 21 Aug 2013 6:03 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching: 2012
    Volume 12

    A collection of monthly essays
    originally published on the
    PsychTeacher™ Electronic Discussion List


    Edited by

    Jeffrey D. Holmes
    Ithaca College

    Suzanne C. Baker
    James Madison University

    Jeffrey R. Stowell
    Eastern Illinois University

    Society for the Teaching of Psychology
    © 2013

  • 20 Aug 2013 11:51 AM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)
    The following document is available for review from the APA Board of Educational Affairs

    The following document is a revision of the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major. The APA Council of Representatives approved Guidelines 2.0 at its August 2013 meeting:

  • 12 Aug 2013 5:20 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    Orientation to the Psychology Major (2013)

    Author: Amy Silvestri Hunter
    Affiliation: Seton Hall University
  • 12 Aug 2013 1:45 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    Scientific Literacy in a Psychology Curriculum Module (2013)

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    Authors: Jamie J. Peterson and Arturo Sesma, Jr.
    Affiliation: St. Catherine University
    Description: The authors describe 9 scientific literacy activities to teach Introductory Psychology students how to read original research reports, critically and thoroughly evaluate secondary research reports, and analyze the utility of each. A 25-page document describes the activities without answers for instructors, a 34-page booklet provides students with the materials they need, and 148 slides contain material without answers that instructors can use in class. Versions with answers to students’ assignments are available to members after logging into STP’s website or can be obtained from the first author. Users are requested not to make the answers publicly available.
    Note: 2012 Instructional Resource Award
  • 12 Aug 2013 1:42 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)
    Educating Prospective Students of Professional Psychology about the Supply-Demand Internship Crisis (2013)
    Author: Daniel M. Elchert
    Affiliation: University of Iowa
    Description: This 29 page paper describes the potential causes of, consequences of, and solutions to the imbalance between the number of graduate students seeking clinical and counseling internships and the availability of accredited internship sites. Its aim is to help educate undergraduates before they commit to a graduate program. It can serve as an advising tool and as a basis for discussions in Introductory Psychology and Abnormal/Clinical/Counseling courses.
  • 20 Jul 2013 6:55 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    Neuropsychology of Religious Experience (2013)

    Author: Amy Silvestri Hunter
    Affiliation: Seton Hall University
  • 09 Jul 2013 9:32 AM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    Multivariate Statistics: A Project-Based Course (2013)

    Author: Aaron S. Richmond
    Affiliation: Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • 31 May 2013 1:36 PM | Anonymous
    This update includes additions to “In the Classroom” pages (Cognition, Development, Neuroscience, Perception, Research Methods), and the Statistics Video page.

    New ToPIX Content
    This month, our “In the Classroom” pages received quite a bit of new content. An article on why the jigsaw method may be especially relevant for the Cognitive Psychology course was posted to the Cognition in the Classroom page.

    Assistant ToPIX Editor, Aaron Richmond, posted a compendium of activities for child and adolescent psychology to the Development in the Classroom page, and a very helpful article for those teaching Neuro on the Neuroscience in the Classroom page. Students often appreciate mnemonics and strategies to master course content, and so the article on the keyword mnemonic is especially appreciated. Aaron also started a flurry of posts to the Statistics in the Classroom page on “Dance, Dance, Revolution,” application exercises in Stats, and a demo using regular class attenders and slackers. Thanks Aaron!

    Also, those of you who teach the Holway-Boring (1941) experiment in Cog or in S&P may want to visit the Perception in the Classroom page for a recently published demonstration of this classic study.

    Assistant ToPIX Editor, Jessica Hartnett, offered another way to interest students in research design through real-life examples (e.g., “Packages sealed with “Atheist” tape go missing 10x more often than controls”). See theResearch Methods in the Classroom page. As Jessica notes, students could critique the research design and develop their own to test related empirical questions.

    Thanks again to Aaron and Jessica for their contributions!

    Lastly, this month’s updates included a number of recent Teaching of Psychology articles. If you have published an activity or demonstration in ToP (or any pedagogical journal) please consider sharing your materials with ToPIX for the STP community. An example of a recent ToP article with a video and corresponding article was posted to the Statistics Video page.

    If you have are interested in joining the ToPIX team, or can point out any online resources you have found particularly helpful-- please send them to
  • 24 May 2013 11:30 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)
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