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

Promoting Student Engagement: Volume 2

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Table of Contents

Chapter Title and Author Page
Cover Page

Table of Contents

Charles Brewer
Richard L. Miller
Section 1. Developmental and Social Psychology
William Douglas Woody, Editor
How Engaging Are You? A Review of Teaching Methods to Engage Students in Child and Adolescent Psychology Courses
Aaron S. Richmond & Lisa Kindelberger Hagan
Adult Development: Designing a Retirement and Care Plan for Older Adults
Maya M. Khanna
Classroom Activities for a Course on Death, Dying, and Bereavement
Lisa M. Bauer
Group Dynamics
Donelson R. Forsyth
Engaging Students in Psychology and Law: An Exercise in Jury Selection
Kathryn T. Hendricks & Matthew T. Huss
Engaging Students in Applied Social Psychology
Richard J. Harnish, K. Robert Bridges, Alecia V. Denillo & Michelle L. Flaherty
Teaching Environmental Psychology: Demonstrations and Exercises
Paul A. Bell, Thomas C. Greene, Britt L. Mace, Patricia A. Romano, Jacob A. Benfield, & Gretchen A. Nurse
Activities for Engagement in an Industrial/Organizational Psychology Course
Tracy E. Zinn & Whitney F. Smiley
Engaging Students in Cross-Cultural Psychology
Stephanie L. Anderson & Richard L. Miller
Section 2. Cognitive Processes
Emily Balcetis, Editor
Sensation and Perception: Activities to Promote Learning and Clarify Student Perceptions
Cindy Gibson
Engaging Students in Cognitive Psychology
David W. Carroll & Allen Keniston
Exercises and Demonstrations to Promote Student Engagement in Motivation and Emotion Courses
Alan Hughes
Is Your Educational Psychology Class Boring? A Review of Teaching Methods to Engage Your Students
Aaron S. Richmond
Amber Esping & Jonathan Plucker
Engaging Students in the Psychology of Language
David W. Carroll & Eleni Pinnow
Section 3. Biological Processes, Research and the History of Psychology
Bryan K. Saville, Editor
Online Teaching Resources for Animal Behavior
Joseph J. Benz
Activities for Student Engagement in a Neuroscience Course
S. A. Lloyd, R. A. Shanks, & C. L. Robertson
Physiological Psychology
Frank Ferraro
Engaging Activities for Students Who are Learning Research Methods
William J. Lammers
Activities for Student Engagement in a Statistics Course
Tracy Zinn & Whitney Smiley
Activities for Engagement in a Psychometrics Course
B. Jean Mandernach & Jana Hackathorn
Engaging Students in History and Systems of Psychology Courses
William Douglas Woody
Section 4. Abnormal Psychology and Personality
Susan Burns, Editor
Creating Transformative Experiences for Students in Abnormal Psychology
Anton Tolman
Health Psychology
Robin A. Anderson
Engaging Students in Clinical Psychology Courses
Jeanne M. Slattery
Human Sexuality Activities
Karen Rayne & Missi Patterson
Psychology of Religion
Kevin L. Ladd & Michael E. Nielsen
The Psychology of Gender
Isabelle D. Cherney
Marianne Miserandino
Teaching the Psychology of Adjustment
Dana S. Dunn, Elizabeth Yost Hammer, & Wayne Weiten
Section 5. Activities that can be Used in More than One Course
David B. Daniel, Editor
Ethics of Psychotherapy and Counseling
Mitchell M. Handelsman, Allison Bashe & Sharon K. Anderson
Trust me, work hard, and follow the steps: Engaging students in APA-style writing
Lynn A. Bruner
On Happiness: Introducing Students to Positive Psychology
Dana S. Dunn, Brittany M. Beard, & David J. Fisher
Teaching about Diversity: Activities that Promote Student Engagement
Christie Cathey & Alexandra S. Ross
Peace and War
Linda M. Woolf & Michael R. Hulsizer
Nonverbal Communication
Don W. Stacks, Mark Hickson, III, Jessica Deyo, & Price Walt
Critical Thinking Activities for the Teaching of Psychology
Paul C. Smith
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We suggest that the overall text be referenced in this fashion:
Miller, R. L., Balcetis, E., Burns, S. R., Daniel, D. B., Saville, B. K., Woody, W. D. (2011). Promoting student engagement (Vol 2): Activities exercises and demonstrations for psychology courses. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Web site:

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Richmond, A. S., & Hagan, L. K. (2011). How engaging are you? A review of teaching methods to engage students in child and adolescent psychology courses. In R. L. Miller, E. Balcetis, S. R. Burns, D. B. Daniel, B. K. Saville, & W. D. Woody (Eds.), Promoting student engagement (Vol. 2, pp. 9-14). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Web site:

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