The Teaching of Psychology: Essays in Honor of Wilbert J. McKeachie and Charles L. Brewer

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The Teaching of Psychology is centered around the masterful work of two champions of the teaching of psychology, Wilbert J. McKeachie and Charles L. Brewer, in order to recognize their seminal contributions to the teaching of the discipline. The book's main goal is to provide comprehensive coverage and analysis of the basic philosophies, current issues, and the basic skills related to effective teaching in psychology. It transcends the typical "nuts and bolts" type books and includes such topics as teaching at small colleges versus a major university, teaching and course portfolios, the scholarship of teaching, what to expect early in a teaching career, and lifelong learning.

The Teaching of Psychology also features:

  • Biographies of Bill McKeachie and Charles L. Brewer
  • Fourteen chapters written by leading authorities in the teaching of psychology, which provide overviews of the latest psychological research and theories in effective college and university teaching. These chapters cover lecturing, classroom presence, using humor in teaching, pedagogy, advising, teaching critical thinking, writing, and technology, and training graduate students to teach
  • Useful advice to new teachers and seasoned veterans, including qualities of master teachers, understanding the many facets of working within the academy, and teaching with technology
  • Insights into teaching specific courses within the psychology curriculum, including the history of psychology, biological psychology, statistics and research methods, learning, social psychology, personality, psychology of women, cross-cultural psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, psychology of religion, and environmental psychology
  • A closing section containing Bill McKeachie's and Charles L. Brewer's perspectives into the teaching of psychology and its history, highlights, and future.

This book is intended for academic psychologists who teach and/or train graduate assistants to teach at the college and university level. All royalities from this book will be donated to the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2 of the American Psychological Association), which each year sponsors many activities across the country to promote the teaching of psychology.

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Contributors recognize the work of two innovators in the teaching of psychology, providing coverage and analysis of the basic philosophies, current issues, and basic skills related to effective teaching in psychology. They look at classroom lecturing, using humor in teaching, advising, and teaching with technology, and give advice on qualities of master teachers and working within the academy. They offer insights into teaching specific courses in the psychology curriculum, and examine teaching at small colleges versus large universities, and the scholarship of teaching. Davis is professor emeritus of psychology at Emporia State University. Buskist is professor in the teaching of psychology at Appalachian State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805839531
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Pages: 544
  • Lexile: 1360L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1. Portraits of Excellence. R.E. Landrum, More Than Just Luck: A Brief Biography of Wilbert J. McKeachie. J.D. Batson, G.O. Einstein, "I Can't Ever Remember Not Wanting to Be a Teacher": A Brief Biography of Charles L. Brewer. Part 2. Essential Qualities and Skills of Effective Teachers. W. Buskist, J. Sikorski, T. Buckley, B.K. Saville, Elements of Master Teaching. J.S. Halonen, Classroom Presence. L.T. Benjamin, Jr., Lecturing. H.R. Pollio, Humor and College Teaching. T.V. McGovern, Process/Pedagogy. D.F. Halpern, Teaching for Critical Thinking: A Four-Part Model to Enhance Thinking Skills. B.F. Nodine, Writing: Models, Examples, Teaching Advice, and a Heartfelt Plea. D.C. Appleby, The Teaching-Advising Connection. S.F. Davis, M.T. Huss, Training Graduate Teaching Assistants. Part 3. Teaching Within the Context of Modern Academic Life. D.E. Johnson, Teaching, Research, and Scholarship. V.A. Mathie, Integrating Teaching and Service to Enhance Learning. B. Perlman, S.H. McFadden, L.I. McCann, N. Kunzer, A Portrait of Teaching Painted by Early Career Faculty. B. Perlman, L.I. McCann, Peer Review for Meaningful Teaching Enhancement. J.H. Korn, Beyond Tenure: The Teaching Portfolio for Reflection and Change. D.J. Bernstein, Representing the Intellectual Work in Teaching Through Peer-Reviewed Course Portfolios. R.A. Smith, Teaching at a Liberal Arts College: With a Little Help From My Friends. J.E. Freeman, Teaching in a Liberal Arts College Versus a Research University.M.E. Ware, D.L. Ponec, Lessons From Life: A Journey in Lifelong Learning. D.A. Bernstein, Promoting the Teaching of Psychology: A History of NITOP. Part 4. Teaching With Technology. W. Weiten, Wiring the Introductory Psychology Course: How Should We Harness the Internet? L. Yandell, Web-Based Resources. B.C. Beins, Technology in the Classroom: Traditions in Psychology. K.A. Weaver, The Challenges of Distance Education. N. Lutsky, Come, Putative Ends of Psychology's Digital Future. Part 5. Teaching About Psychology's Domains. C.J. Goodwin, Teaching the History of Psychology. J.W. Kalat, Teaching Biological Psychology to Introductory Psychology Students. S.A. Bailey, Teaching Statistics and Research Methods. L. Barker, Teaching the Learning Course: Philosophy and Methods. E.D. Hammer, E.Y. Hammer, Using Social Psychology to Teach Social Psychology: How the Field Informs the Course. P.J. Giordano, Teach More Than Personality in the Personality Course. M.W. Matlin, Opening Students' Eyes and Minds: Teaching the Psychology of Women. G.W. Hill, IV, Incorporating Cross-Cultural Perspectives Into the Psychology Curriculum: Challenges and Strategies. T.P. Pusateri, Designing a Course in Industrial/Organizational Psychology to Achieve Eight Desirable Student Outcomes. M.P. Hester, Psychology of Religion: Then and Now. S. Kaplan, Environmental Psychology: Cognition, Affect, and Meaningful Action. Part 6. The Final Word. W.J. McKeachie, Ebbs, Flows, and Progress in the Teaching of Psychology. C.L. Brewer, Reflections on an Academic Career: From Which Side of the Looking Glass?

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