Psychology in Action 9th Edition

Psychology in Action

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ahead and discuss the correct answers--advising them to write down the answers on their own private copies as a separate study guide. Remind students that the point of many active learning exercises is to ENCOURAGE critical thinking, and often there is no single correct answer. If the students have logical or even creative ways of providing alternative answers, you may want to praise and recognize the group and their answer. This will help create a more accepting and lively (active) atmosphere, while also encouraging the more inhibited students. Active Learning Activity l.9 - Interviewing a Contemporary Psychologist It might be possible to interview a contemporary psychologist associated with one of the major schools of psychology. You may know of a willing local psychologist or if not, the American Psychological Association has a list of prominent psychologists who have agreed to visit small colleges with low budgets and waive their normal lecture fees (although you will have to pay their room, board, and transportation). It is sometimes possible to do these interviews via telephone and have students directly ask questions of the psychologist. If you do a telephone interview, have students submit questions in writing for approval before the interview to save time and prevent awkward silences over the phone. Also, call the psychologist beforehand to arrange a time for the call and send him/her a set of possible questions. Obviously, to make this work in class, you will need a telephone system that will put the phone conversation on a speaker so the entire class can participate. Active Learning Activity 1.10 - Careers in Psychology The American Psychological Association is a good source of information for students interested in discovering psychology as a profession and exploring the many types of careers that psychologists can choose from. Several resources can be brought into classroom for the beginning student: 1. Psychology: Scientific Problem Solvers -- Careers for the 21st Century This FREE 37-page booklet presents psychology as a rich source of career opportunities. Included in the booklet is a broad overview of psychology, emerging growth opportunities in the field, and tips on how to go about making the choice to pursue a psychology career. Interviews with psychologists are featured in such diverse areas as memory research, organizational behavior and school counseling. Sections include: Sub-fields in Psychology, The Job Outlook, What Psychologists Do, and Educational Requirements. 2. The three APA videos describing career choices in psychology. 3. The APA student web site has much information for students interested in learning about graduate school programs, career choices, employment outlook and salary potentials. You can also bring in classified ads from the APA Monitor or the APS Observer to show how many positions and what kinds of specialties are sought after.
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