Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching: 2009 Volume 9

Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching: 2009

Volume 9

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
© 2010

ISBN: 978-1-941804-14-8

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Table of Contents

Chapter Page
Title Page and Front Matter 1
1.      Tools for Overcoming Students’ Emotional Obstacles to Learning Psychology  (Jan 2009)
         Elizabeth W. Davies, University of St. Francis
2.      Teaching by Doing: Making Research Methods Active and Engaging (Feb 2009)
         Dana S. Dunn, Moravian College
3.      Motivating Student Engagement with MySpace, Clickers, and Web-Enhanced Research Labs (Mar 2009)
         Kim Case and Beth Hentges, University of Houston-Clear Lake
4.      Internationalizing Psychology Courses (Apr 2009)
         LeeAnn Bartolini, Afshin Gharib, and William Phillips, Dominican University of California
5.     Fostering a Mastery Goal Orientation in the Classroom (May 2009)
        Marilla D. Svinicki, The University of Texas at Austin
6.      Why Don’t My Students Think I’m Groovy?: The New “R”s for Engaging Millennial Learners (Jun 2009)
        Christy Price, Dalton State College
7.     Finding and Using Internet Resources for Student Learning of Psychology (Jul 2009)
        Jon Mueller, North Central College
8.     Best Practices for Teaching Controversial Topics in Psychology (Aug 2009)
        Christa M. Marshall, Danielle Marie Doucette, and Ufuoma Abiola, Roosevelt University
9.     Civic Engagement in Psychology Classes (Sep 2009)
        Steven A. Meyers, Roosevelt University
10.   Using Evidence-Based Teaching Methods to Improve Education (Oct 2009)
         Bryan K. Saville, James Madison University
11.   Mythbusting in Introductory Psychology Courses: The Whys and the Hows (Nov 2009)
        Scott O. Lilienfeld (Emory University), Steven Jay Lynn (Binghamton University), John Ruscio (The College of New Jersey), and Barry L. Beyerstein (Simon Fraser University)
12.   Learning Objectives for Introductory Psychology: May I Object? (Dec 2009)
        Josh R. Gerow, Indiana University — Purdue University at Fort Wayne
About the authors 65
About the editors 69


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