Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching: 2007 Volume 7

Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching: 2007

Volume 7

A collection of monthly essays
originally published on the
PsychTeacher ™ Electronic Discussion List


Edited by

Steven A. Meyers
Roosevelt University

Jeffrey R. Stowell
Eastern Illinois University

Society for the Teaching of Psychology
© 2008

ISBN: 978-1-941804-11-7  

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Table of Contents

Chapter Page
Title Page and Front Matter i
1. Strategies for Reaching Sexual Minority Students Inside and Outside the Classroom (Jan 2007)
Jeffrey L. Helms and Teresa Joyce, Kennesaw State University
2. Eat Your FIBER: How to Help Students Digest Psychological Science (Feb 2007)
Brian L. Burke, Fort Lewis College
3. Teaching Psychology Online: Approaching Excellence and Avoiding Defeat (Mar 2007)
Marcel S. Kerr, Texas Wesleyan University
4. Some Thoughts About Teaching Issues of Culture in Psychology (Apr 2007)
David Matsumoto, San Francisco State University
5. Encouraging Academic Honesty through Active Plagiarism Instruction and Prevention (May 2007)
Patricia Puccio, College of DuPage
6. Study More! Study Harder! Students’ and Teachers’ Faulty Beliefs About How People Learn (Jun 2007)
Stephen L. Chew, Samford University
7. Teaching Psychology Using Team-Based Learning (Jul 2007)
Dominic Simon, New Mexico State University
Laura Madson, New Mexico State University
8. Ideas for Teaching Unfamiliar or Unpopular Courses (Aug 2007)
Janet F. Carlson, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
9. How Cognitive Psychology Can Enhance Your Students’ Learning (Sep 2007)
Margaret W. Matlin, SUNY Geneseo
10. Setting Up a Blog or Podcast for the Teaching of Psychology: A “How To” and “Why To” (Oct 2007)
Michael Britt, Marist College
11. Creating an Undergraduate Psychology Peer Mentoring Program: Challenges and Rewards (Nov 2007)
Jeana L. Magyar-Moe, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
12. Rescuing the Affective: Teaching the Mind and the Heart (Dec 2007)
Patricia Owen-Smith, Oxford College of Emory University
About the authors 53
About the editors 56


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