ERIC Number: ED209160
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Psychology at the Secondary Level: The Preparation of Textbooks and Materials.
Ragland, Rachel G.
This paper discusses the needs of high school students and teachers that writers and publishers of psychology materials and textbooks should keep in mind. To take students' needs into consideration, publishers should stress practical application and relevance of subject matter, provide opportunities for interaction with peers, aim reading materials at ninth or tenth grade reading levels, emphasize a study skills orientation, and consider the maturity level of students. The needs of teachers include an emphasis on teachability of materials, clear objectives, adherence to sound psychological principles, appropriateness of topics covered, and teaching techniques and activity suggestions. In addition to student and teacher needs, there are other constraints to be kept in mind, such as budget, limited subject matter background of teachers, time constraints, community censorship, level of students' ability, and lack of communication among teachers. In terms of satisfying the needs of students and teachers working within these constraints, several major problems exist in currently available materials. The primary problem is that authorship of texts and supplementary materials is still, for the most part, at the college level. Professors lack the experience of teaching at the secondary level which is essential for creating effective materials. The fact that college level writers are often not aware of the specific needs of high school students and teachers is also evident in the reviews they do on the currently available resources. Many teachers use these as a basis for text selection. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (52nd, New York, NY, April 22-25, 1981).