Psychology is a diverse field of scientific study and there is never enough time to cover all the issues. The key is to provide students with enough relevant and significant background for them to appreciate the topic being covered while still allowing them the mental energy to be critical thinkers. I feel that teachers should encourage their students to be thoughtful consumers of information. I encourage my students to be skeptical of simple explanations and easy answers.
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Whitehead, George I. and McCartney, Jason S. (2005) Teaching Sensation and Perception in General Psychology Using a Service-Learning Project. vol. 15. no. 2. pp. 19. Education Directorate of the American Psychological Association. Web Address
In-depth study of the implications of and issues surrounding the physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of children from conception to adolescence. Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or 30 credit hours. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
PSYC 482 NATURE-NURTURE ISSUES (Fall 2019)
A critical review and analysis of the classic argument involving influences on developmental outcomes. Questions of trait origin and consistency will be discussed. Students will read primary articles and texts covering diverse perspectives on the role of genes and the environment. Some of the concepts to be covered include: determinism, dynamic systems theory, epigenesis, genotype-phenotype, heritability, interactionism, ontogeny and phylogeny, reductionism, and stability versus variability. Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and junior status. Three hours per week with enhancement.
PSYC 490 INDIVIDUAL DIRECTED STUDY (Fall 2019)
Enables advanced students to pursue, through observation, experimentation or library research, a topic of their choosing. May be repeated for a maximum of eight credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.