Society for the Teaching of Psychology: Division 2 of the American Psychological Association

Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching: 2008 Volume 8

Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching: 2008

Volume 8

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
© 2009

ISBN: 978-1-941804-13-1

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Table of Contents

Chapter Page
Title Page and Front Matter i
1.      The Power of Narrative as a Teaching Tool  (Jan 2008)
         Mary E. Kite, Ball State University
2.      Getting Faculty on Board with Service-Learning: Issues of Infrastructure, Control, and Diversity (Feb 2008)
         Michelle R. Dunlap, Connecticut College
3.      Exploring the Use of Problem-Based Learning in Psychology Courses (Mar 2008)
         Lonnie R. Yandell, Belmont University
         Peter J. Giordano, Belmont University
4.      The Value and Ethics of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (Apr 2008)
         Janie H. Wilson, Georgia Southern University
5.      Applying Method to (Seeming) Madness: Doing SoTL in Your Class (May 2008)
         Regan A. R. Gurung, University of Wisconsin Green Bay
6.      Constructivist Pedagogical Applications: Student-Centered Learning Across the Undergraduate Curriculum (Jun 2008)
         Joseph A. Mayo, Gordon College
7.      Teaching with Wikis (Jul 2008)
         Marianne Miserandino, Arcadia University
8.      Creativity in the Classroom: Igniting the Fire (Aug 2008)
         Robert J. Smith, Berea College
9.      Teaching: What’s In It For Me? (Sep 2008)
         William Buskist, Auburn University
10.    Building Bridges:  Why College Faculty Should Go Back To High School (Oct 2008)
         Charles R. Ovando, York  Community High School
         Suzanne C. Baker, James Madison University
         Dana S. Dunn, Moravian College
11.    Key Dimensions of Effective Teaching: What We Can Learn from Studies of Student Evaluations (Nov 2008)
         William E. Addison, Eastern Illinois University
12.    Enhancing Students’ Learning of Psychology through Writing (Dec 2008)
         Keisha C. Paxton, California State University, Dominguez Hills
About the authors 53
About the editors 57


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