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ERIC Number: ED055938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 20
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Psychology: Where to Begin.
Bare, John K.
This essay is written for the secondary school teacher who is organizing that first course hoping to suggest some of the answers to the question: where to begin. The author begins by very briefly describing the discipline in terms of its central concerns with some history and some prediction for tomorrow. Against this historical background, traditional texts, published since 1966, are listed that are designed to provide an introduction to the facts, methods, and validated principles. Dissatisfactions coupled with the changing conception of psychology, the growth of humanistic psychology, and student demand for relevance, led to changes in both the texts and the first course. Consequently, several specialized texts, also published since 1966, and the Program on the Teaching of Psychology in the Secondary School (ED 044 597) are referred to for additional aid in course preparation. Innovations in teaching methodology, such as programmed approaches and unit mastery, and trends are summarized. Because the time allotted to psychology may be less than a semester, 10 topics that might have appeal to the student are briefly described: the split brain, sensory psychophysiology, animal behavior, behavior modification, social learning and imitation, love, Piaget, sleep and dreaming, signal detection, and self control. The APA Clearinghouse on Precollege Psychology is cited as a resource, and a bibliography of references is appended. (Author/SBE)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Communication (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.; American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.