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

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This edited collection presents the histories of various subdisciplines in psychology.  Our intended audience includes teachers of psychology as well as scholars. Authors were asked to develop teaching materials for instructors who may be teaching outside of their own fields or for instructors who are content experts in their fields but may not (yet) know the histories of their fields.  Authors therefore wrote illustrative rather than comprehensive histories, with accompanying vignettes intended for immediate classroom use.  The chapters and vignettes are exciting, rich in texture, and loaded with details, examples, and events that are not typically contained in textbooks.  For each of the 28 chapters in the volume, authors drafted short vignettes intended to be accessible for instructors looking for a concise and poignant story or teaching example to take into their classes.  Authors typically selected vignettes to address (1) a relevant technological innovation (e.g., the development of implicit association tests), (2) a pioneering individual (e.g., Kurt Lewin), and (3) a cultural event that shaped the field (e.g., the murder of Kitty Genovese).  The editors hope that a psychology instructor who is not a historian can open this work, find a chapter or vignette related to class topics, invest a short time to read, learn, and prepare, and then take a fresh new teaching example into class and into future classes. 

ISBN: 978-1-941804-43-8   

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The individual essays and chapters contained within this collection are Copyright © 2016 by their respective authors. This collection of essays and chapters as a compendium is Copyright © 2016 Society for the Teaching of Psychology. You may print multiple copies of these materials for your own personal use, including use in your classes and/or sharing with individual colleagues as long as the author's name and institution, and a notice that the materials were obtained from the website of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) appear on the copied document. For research and archival purposes, public libraries and libraries at schools, colleges, universities and similar educational institutions may print and store in their research or lending collections multiple copies of this compendium as a whole without seeking further permission of STP (the editors would appreciate receiving a pro forma notice of any such library use). No other permission is granted to you to print, copy, reproduce, or distribute additional copies of these materials. Anyone who wishes to print, copy, reproduce, or distribute copies for other purposes must obtain the permission of the individual copyright owners. Particular care should be taken to seek permission from the respective copyright holder(s) for any commercial or "for profit" use of these materials.

Suggested Reference Format

We suggest that the overall text be referenced in this fashion:

Woody, W. D., Miller, R. L., & Wozniak, W. J. (Eds.). (2016). Psychological Specialties in Historical Context: Enriching the classroom experience for teachers and students.. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site:

Individual chapters may be referenced in this fashion:

Miller, R. L. (2016). A Short History of Research Ethics In W. D. Woody, R. L. Miller, & W. J. Wozniak (Eds.) Psychological Specialties in Historical Context: Enriching the classroom experience for teachers and students.. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site:

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