While psychology appeared occasionally as part of the high school curriculum as early as the late 1800s, and more frequently since the 1920s, the original focus was on the study of the mind and mental hygiene. Since then there has been an increasing emphasis on the scientific underpinnings of the field with a growing number of students, approximately a million a year, graduating each year having taken a high school course in psychology.
To address some of the recommendations to strengthen high school psychology curriculums, an American Psychological Association (APA) Summit on High School Psychology Education was held in July 2017 at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. The Summit’s Working Group or Strand 1 (Psychology as Science) was charged with creating a template that would provide high school teachers of psychology with lab exemplars. The rationale for this is that other science classes taught in high schools generally include lab instruction and this often forms the public’s basis for considering what is and what is not a science. To facilitate this goal, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology has assembled this e-book that provides lab exercises for most of the topics taught in a high school psychology course. The exercises were created by a dedicated group of high school and college teachers. Each of the exercises provides students with the opportunity to plan and carry out investigations utilizing laboratory procedures just as would occur in biology, chemistry, and physics courses, including suggestions for data analysis and the preparation of lab reports.
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