Teaching Resources for Chapter 1
Chapter 1 Overview
Chapter 1 section of the
Detailed lecture outlines from the authors
Other lecture ideas
- Lab-type activities
- To show students that common sense is often not enough to avoid being
fooled, have students take this "gullibility
quiz" from the Museum of hoaxes.
- Give students
a test of scientific literacy (although not validated, it is a good way
to dispel some myths about science)
- Student Presentations
- Videos (and Activities) That Should Promote Scientific Thinking
- Help students see the importance of science by having them view the
PBS/Frontline video: "Prisoners of Silence."
- Handout with student discussion questions from Stephen Chew
- The video is available on Youtube.
- Help students see the importance of critical thinking by having them
view the PBS Nova video: "Secrets of the Psychics."
- You can buy a copy from
- You can also show it using youtube
- Show a clip from
Mythbusters and have students
discuss it (for specific instructions, click
- To show that ignorance can be expensive, you can show students this
picture about the expense of bottled water. For a life-and-death example, you can discuss these
statistics illustrating the problem with using cell phones while driving.
Assign readings that will help students appreciate the importance of
students read this online
from Head Start that answers the question "Why do research?" The
bulletin does a good job of relating effective research to effective
practice. If you just want to show that research is applied, you do not need
to have them read the entire bulletin. You could just assign the first five
pages and one article--or just the first five pages. If you wanted to assign
the entire bulletin, you could assign different articles to different groups
(the articles are short, easy to understand--and there is a wonderful
glossary on page 6).
- Assign this
to stress the fact that the research class
allows students to refine and demonstrate marketable skills.
Alternatively, you could have students find graduate school applications,
employment ads, and articles that illustrate the importance of research to getting into
graduate school, being a clinical psychologist, or getting a job.
- As mentioned in the "student presentation" section, you could have students read articles that discuss
bias in popular reports of published research (this link
not only provides a reference to two such articles, but also provides handouts that will help students understand those articles)
Notes and Reminders:
- Student web pages are accessible from
- IM has information about how to download additional PowerPoint® lectures.
- URL for a guide on how to write psychology papers is
- You can e-mail the authors at either
Chapter 1 or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?Subject=RDE
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