Measuring Up

Author: Dana Dunn
Publisher: Amer Psychological Assn
ISBN: 9781591471080
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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"Assessment fever has swept through higher education. Psychologists--teachers, researchers, and administrators--have long been concerned with what and how well students are learning, retaining, and applying disciplinary information; however, growing national concerns about educational accountability encourage greater scrutiny of what we strive to accomplish in the psychology classroom, regardless of the specific academic context. As this book attests, the concern about assessing psychology education is broad and deep, involving teachers at the high school, two-year college, and four-year college and university levels. The problem for psychology education is obvious: Few available resources tackle assessment by outlining concrete practices. Educators and administrators want access to effective research on teaching and learning that can be applied in the classroom or shared with the public. This book fills the current void in assessing outcomes, measuring achievement, and promoting quality instruction in psychology. It does so for several compelling reasons. First, there are no current books examining student assessment in psychology education. Yet student assessment is a nascent, lively topic in educational circles, so a resource like this one is long overdue. Second, the discipline of psychology has not yet formally endorsed recognized competencies and outcomes that are widely available or publicly accepted. This volume is a first step toward doing so. Third, disparate assessment articles are available in the psychological literature but are not readily available in a single source like this one. This book is a moveable feast of assessment options, great and small--Book.

Measuring Up

Author: Janet E. Wall
Publisher: Caps Press
ISBN: 9781561090990
Format: PDF
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This intense handbook covers a variety of issues, from best standardized testing procedures to evaluating student achievement through performance standards. Included are special topics, like the assessment of students with mental or behavioral problems, helping students with limited English proficiency, and ethnic differences incorporated into testing. The role of the educator or counselor is studied while reporting test results to parents or social service agencies, facilitating career development, and designing needs assessment for individuals or programs.

Best Practices in Teaching Statistics and Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences

Author: Dana S. Dunn
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135598304
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This book provides a showcase for "best practices" in teaching statistics and research methods in two- and four-year colleges and universities. A helpful resource for teaching introductory, intermediate, and advanced statistics and/or methods, the book features coverage of: ways to integrate these courses how to promote ethical conduct how to create writing intensive programs novel tools and activities to get students involved strategies for teaching online courses and computer applications guidance on how to create and maintain helpful web resources assessment advice to help demonstrate that students are learning tips on linking diversity to research methodology. This book appeals to veteran and novice educators and graduate students who teach research methods and/or statistics in psychology and other behavioral sciences and serves as an excellent resource in related faculty workshops. A CD with activities that readers can customize is included.

Best Practices for Teaching Beginnings and Endings in the Psychology Major

Author: Dana S. Dunn
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199703050
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Introductory and capstone experiences in the undergraduate psychology program are crucial ways to engage students in their major and psychology department, impart realistic expectations, and prepare them for life beyond college. Providing the right orientation and capstone courses in psychology education is increasingly a concern of instructors, department chairs, program directors, and deans, and both types of courses have become important sources for gathering pre- and post-coursework assessment data for degree learning outcomes. The strategies presented here have been designed to help educators examine issues around teaching the introductory or careers course and developing a psychology-specific orientation program. The authors also provide concrete suggestions for building capstone experiences designed to fit the needs of a department, its pedagogical philosophy, or the educational agenda of the college or university. Undergraduate psychology curriculum designers and instructors can benefit from learning innovative and effective strategies for introducing the major to first-year students and, at graduation, for bringing closure, reinforcing the overall departmental learning outcomes, and helping students apply their disciplinary knowledge in capstone experiences and post-graduate life. In this collection of articles, psychology instructors involved in the improvement of teaching and learning review the research and share their own successes and challenges in the classroom. Discussions include effective practices for helping students become acclimated to and engaged in the psychology major, application of developmental knowledge and learning communities to course design, and use of quality benchmarks to improve introductory and capstone courses. Other chapters describe innovations in the design of stand-alone courses and offer concrete advice on counseling psychology graduates about how to use what they have learned beyond their higher education experiences.

Best Practices for Teaching Introduction to Psychology

Author: Dana S. Dunn
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 1135606579
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This new book provides a scholarly, yet practical approach to the challenges found in teaching introductory psychology. Best Practices for Teaching Introduction to Psychology addresses: • developing the course and assessing student performance • selecting which topics to cover and in how much depth • the effective use of teaching assistants (TAs) and efficient and fair ways to construct and grade exams • choosing the best textbook • assessment advice on how to demonstrate students are learning; • using on-line instruction, writing exercises, and class demonstrations • teaching majors and non-majors in the same classroom. This book will appeal to veteran and novice educators who teach introductory psychology as well as graduate students teaching the course for the first time. It will also serve as an excellent resource in faculty workshops on teaching introductory psychology.

Best Practices for Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning

Author: Dana S. Dunn
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199837939
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The use of technology and teaching techniques derived from technology is currently a bourgeoning topic in higher education. Teachers at all levels and types of institutions want to know how these new technologies will affect what happens in and outside of the classroom. Many teachers have already embraced some of these technologies but remain uncertain about their educational efficacy. Other teachers have waited because they are reluctant to try tools or techniques that remain unproven or, as is often the case, lack institutional support. This book is designed to help both groups, so that those with technological expertise can extend their knowledge, while technological novices can "ramp up" at their own pace and for their own purposes. Best Practices for Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning brings together expert teacher-scholars who apply and assess technology's impact on traditional, hybrid or blended, or completely on-line courses, relying on technology as a teaching tool for classroom management and interaction (e.g., Blackboard, PowerPoint, student response or "clicker systems," multimedia tools), as well as student-based uses of technology largely independent of instructors (e.g., social networking on popular sites including Facebook and MySpace). Each chapter will address how technological improvements can be connected to assessment initiatives, as is now routinely advocated in psychology and social science education. The book features current scholarship and pedagogy involving innovative technology that impacts on student learning in psychology and related disciplines, focusing also on student reactions to these novel technologies, and proper assessments of how well they promote learning. This text will serve as the standard reference on emerging technologies for undergraduate instructors.

Teaching Critical Thinking in Psychology

Author: Dana S. Dunn
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781444305180
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Teaching Critical Thinking in Psychology features current scholarship on effectively teaching critical thinking skills at all levels of psychology. Offers novel, nontraditional approaches to teaching critical thinking, including strategies, tactics, diversity issues, service learning, and the use of case studies Provides new course delivery formats by which faculty can create online course materials to foster critical thinking within a diverse student audience Places specific emphasis on how to both teach and assess critical thinking in the classroom, as well as issues of wider program assessment Discusses ways to use critical thinking in courses ranging from introductory level to upper-level, including statistics and research methods courses, cognitive psychology, and capstone offerings

Aging and Diversity

Author: Chandra Mehrotra
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1135928290
Format: PDF
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This new edition has been completely rewritten and includes chapters that address key topics in diversity and aging: research methods, psychological aging; health beliefs, behaviors, and services; health disparities; informal and formal care for older persons; work and retirement; religious affiliation and spirituality; and death, dying, and bereavement. Taking a broad view of diversity, Mehrotra and Wagner discuss elements of diversity such as gender, race or ethnicity, religious affiliation, social class, rural-urban community location and sexual orientation. Including these elements allows them to convey some of the rich complexities of our diverse culture - complexities that provide both challenges to meet the needs of diverse population and opportunities to learn how to live in a pluralistic society. Throughout the book, Mehrotra and Wagner present up-to-date knowledge and scholarship in a way that engages readers in active learning. Rather than simply transmitting information, the authors place ongoing emphasis on developing readers’ knowledge and skills; fostering higher order thinking and encouraging exploration of personal values and attitudes. Distinctive features of the book include: Opening vignettes for each chapter that present a sampling of how the issues to be discussed apply to diverse elders. Active learning experiences that invite readers to interview diverse elders, conduct internet searches, and give an analysis of a case study. Quizzes at the end of the chapters help readers ascertain the extent to which they have learned the material; the key for each quiz includes details about correct and incorrect responses so that additional learning can occur. Aging and Diversity Online boxes interspersed throughout the book provide internet resources that readers may use to find new research and publications. Suggested readings and audiovisual resources given at the end of each chapter serve as a guide to additional information on topics covered in the chapter. This approach of presenting the material will help the readers understand and apply key concepts and principles in ways that will not only improve the lives of older people they serve, but will also enhance their own aging experience.

The Social Psychology of Disability

Author: Dana Dunn
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199985715
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This is the first book to systematically review, update, organize, and critique the literature on the social psychology of disability in 30 years. The book gives pride of place to classic as well as contemporary concepts from the social psychology of disability and rehabilitation psychology that researchers and clinicians can use or adapt for their professional venues. The book's overarching message is an important one: The experience of most people with disabilities is not what nondisabled persons anticipate--contrary to the latter's beliefs and expectations, the former can lead full and normal lives. Thus, The Social Psychology of Disability is designed to counter stereotypical or biased perspectives aimed at an often overlooked minority group. The primary audience for the book is rehabilitation researchers and clinicians in psychology and allied fields (e.g., social work, nursing). A secondary audience includes policy makers and graduate students in rehabilitation and clinical psychology, as well as interested undergraduates.

The American Psychologist

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Includes proceedings of the 54th-55th annual meetings of the association, 1946-47 and proceedings of meetings of various regional psychological associations.