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

Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching: 2012 Volume 12

Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching: 2012
Volume 12

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


Edited by

Jeffrey D. Holmes
Ithaca College

Suzanne C. Baker
James Madison University

Jeffrey R. Stowell
Eastern Illinois University

Society for the Teaching of Psychology
© 2013

ISBN: 978-1-941804-28-5

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Table of Contents

  1. Blogs in Undergraduate Psychology: Applications and Advantages
    K. Robert Bridges, Richard J. Harnish, and Deborah Y. Sillman (The Pennsylvania State University at New Kensington)
  2. Using Art to Enhance the Teaching of Psychology
    Meera Rastogi (University of Cincinnati, Clermont College)
  3. Understanding Statistics and Research Methods via Discussion of Published Articles
    Stuart J. McKelvie (Bishop’s University)
  4. The Dark Side of Pedagogy: An Ecological Perspective on the Study and Use of Pedagogy in the Classroom
    David B. Daniel (James Madison University)
  5. Incorporating Social Media in Teaching and in Research
    Karen Freberg (University of Louisville) Laura Freberg (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo)
  6. Thinking about Thinking: Using Metacognitive Strategies in Introductory Psychology Courses
    Eric A. Goedereis and Heather Mitchell (Webster University)
  7. Principles of Good Coaching: Implications for Psychology Instructors’ Skill Development
    Jacki Fitzpatrick (Texas Tech University) Ryan Gerrity (James Madison University)
  8. Improving Teaching and Learning in Synchronous Live Video Streamed Courses
    Richard J. Harnish and K. Robert Bridges (The Pennsylvania State University, New Kensington)
  9. Toward a More Accurate and Sensitive Psychology Class: SES as Culture
    Salvadore Macias (University of South Carolina Sumter)
  10. Developmental Appropriate Practice in College Instruction: Lessons from Emerging Adulthood
    Claire W. Lyons (James Madison University)
  11. About the authors
  12. About the editors


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We suggest that the overall text be referenced in this fashion:
Holmes, J., Baker, S.C., & Stowell, J. R. (2013). Essays from e-xcellence in teaching (Vol. 11). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Web site:


Individual chapters may be referenced in this fashion, for example:
Bridges, K. R., Harnish, R. J., & Sillman, D. Y. (2013). Blogs in undergraduate psychology: Applications and advantages. In J. Holmes, S.C. Baker, & J. R. Stowell (Eds.), Essays from e-xcellence in teaching (Vol. 12, pp.6-11). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Web site:


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