Unit I - Psychology's History and Approaches - pages 1-15

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APA Content Standard: Perspectives in Psychological Science
After concluding this unit, students understand:
1. Development of psychology as an empirical science
2. Major subfields within psychology
Content Standard 1: Development of psychology as an empirical science
1.1 Define psychology as a discipline and identify its goals as a science.
1.2 Describe the emergence of psychology as a scientific discipline.
1.3 Describe perspectives employed to understand behavior and mental processes.
1.4 Explain how psychology evolved as a scientific discipline.
Content Standard 2: Major subfields within psychology
2.1 Discuss the value of both basic and applied psychological research with human and non-human animals.
2.2 Describe the major subfields of psychology.
2.3 Identify the important role psychology plays in benefiting society and improving people’s lives.

APA Content Standard Area: Vocational Applications
After concluding this unit, students understand:
1. Career options
2. Educational requirements
3. Vocational applications of psychological science
Content Standard 1: Career options
1.1 Identify careers in psychological science and practice.
1.2 Identify careers related to psychology.
Content Standard 2: Educational requirements
2.1 Identify degree requirements for psychologists and psychology-related careers.
2.2 Identify resources to help select psychology programs for further study.
Content Standard 3: Vocational applications of psychological science
3.1 Discuss ways in which psychological science addresses domestic and global issues.
3.2 Identify careers in psychological science that have evolved as a result of domestic and global issues.

Key Terms

Psychology empiricism
Structuralism functionalism
Behaviorism humanistic psychology
cognitive neuroscience nature-nurture
natural selection biopsychosocial approach
biological psychology evolutionary psychology
psychodynamic psychology behavioral psychology
cognitive psychology socio-cultural psychology
psychometrics developmental psychology
educational psychology personality psychology
social psychology industrial-organizational psychology
counseling psychology psychiatry
clinical psychology

First few days

- Assign textbooks
- Complete psychology learning inventory
- Save the Last Word on summer reading articles in small groups 5-6 students. One article per group. Students take notes on a 2 column note format. Students share out each discussion and article with the class
- In same small groups, present their summer myth assignments

Day 1 - intro

Do Now: What are examples of a good psychologist? Separate into clinical and researcher
Classwork: Brief history of psychology powerpoint and notes, chain reaction demo, crash course episode 1 video

Day 2 - perspectives
Do now:
CW: The 7 major approaches for studying psychology, the Outrageous Celebrity profiles, hand drawings to remember perspectives

Perspectives in Psychology

–Neuroscience – How does brain anatomy and brain chemistry influence thoughts and behavior?

–Evolutionary – How do behaviors aid in survival and reproduction?

–Behavior genetics – What role do genes play in behavior?

–Behavioral – How do we learn overt behaviors?

–Cognitive – How do we think about information for memory and problem solving?

–Social-cultural – How does our culture affect us?

–Psychodynamic – how does our unconscious affect us; often relates to sex and parenting.
NEW: Biopsychosocial

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Hand outline to remember the 7 perspectives:

HW: Read and take notes on pages 1-5.

Day 3 - subfields

Do Now: What types of jobs are there in psychology? What would you like to pursue?
CW: Subfields in psychology, jobs in psychology.

HW: Pages 7-15, answer practice multiple questions at the end of the chapter. Quiz on Unit 1

Careers in psych webquest:

Online career exploration for psych majors

Videos of different types of psych jobs in action
(scroll to the bottom of the page for the videos)

Day 4 - intro to the exam
CW: Intro to FRQ writing and practice FRQ, self grade.

Day 5 - review
CW: review unit 1 HW, quiz, correct quiz


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