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Psychology, Psychological Research, Analyzing Findings Published

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By the end of this section, you will be able to:Explain what a correlation coefficient tells us about the relationship between variablesRecognize that correlation does not indicate a cause-and-effect relationship between variablesDiscuss our tendency to look for relationships between variables that do not really existExplain random sampling and assignment of participants into experimental and control groupsDiscuss how experimenter or participant bias could affect the results of an experimentIdentify independent and dependent variables

Material Type: Module

ELM Learning Center

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The ELM Learning Center is a collection of instructional materials on the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM) databases organized into courses. These materials are created by librarians in the Reference Outreach and Instruction unit of Minitex. The ELM Learning Center can help you get to know ELM and provides as much information as you'd like on using ELM more effectively.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Game, Homework/Assignment, Interactive, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Minitex Reference Outreach & Instruction

StoryCub

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StoryCub helps parents and children discover great picture books for free Dave Swerdlick, the multi-award-winning creator of the Kid Friday podcast (#1 Tech Podcast for kids, props from ABC & CBS) is at it again with his latest creation, StoryCub. We live in an age where videos are often the fastest and easiest ways of keeping kids entertained. StoryCub’s goal is to use the power of fun, free, digital video stories to direct our children's’ attention back to books. They are designed to get the child interested in, and familiar with, the actual story, so that they can look forward to reading a physical copy of it later. Each StoryCub video is a live person reading a short, children’s book, that includes vibrant illustrations of the book, as well as some time spent on the reader. StoryCub is a valuable tool not only for helping with children's’ reading skills, but for motivating them to keep reading for the love of the story. There is no better way to get kids excited about reading, than through the interaction between a parent and a child, and StoryCub helps to make this interaction fun, educational, entertaining, and inspirational. Right now every episode is available at Apple's iTunes Store, where parents can download it for free and share with their children. iTunes rated StoryCub “New & Noteworthy and “What’s Hot”. Free Downloads: http://bit.ly/freestories If a child likes a StoryCub video, they'll LOVE reading the book. "Entertaining Story Segment(s) to Engage Young Children" -Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (scbwi) “StoryCub is different from any other program that features children’s books…Coming from a TV production background, I also appreciate the excellent production values.” -Gerry Renert, Mom’s Choice Gold Award-Winning Children’s Author and 3X Emmy-Nominated Children’s TV Producer "I Love That This Promotes Real Reading - Bravo For StoryCub" -iTunes Review

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Lecture, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Dave Swerdlick

Psychology

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Psychology is designed to meet scope and sequence requirements for the single-semester introduction to psychology course. The book offers a comprehensive treatment of core concepts, grounded in both classic studies and current and emerging research. The text also includes coverage of the DSM-5 in examinations of psychological disorders. Psychology incorporates discussions that reflect the diversity within the discipline, as well as the diversity of cultures and communities across the globe.Senior Contributing AuthorsRose M. Spielman, Formerly of Quinnipiac UniversityContributing AuthorsKathryn Dumper, Bainbridge State CollegeWilliam Jenkins, Mercer UniversityArlene Lacombe, Saint Joseph's UniversityMarilyn Lovett, Livingstone CollegeMarion Perlmutter, University of Michigan

Material Type: Full Course

Family Engagement in Transitions: Transition to Kindergarten

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This resource, produced by the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (co-authored by HFRP’s Christine Patton and M. Elena Lopez), discusses the importance of families’ support for their children’s learning and development as children transition to new environments. The resource positions the transition to kindergarten as a pivotal point for establishing the kinds of practices that can help sustain gains children have made in their early learning settings, and offers examples of successful program practices that Head Start and Early Head Start staff can use to help children and families with this transition.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Ready for Success: Creating Collaborative and Thoughtful Transitions into Kindergarten

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In this brief, Christine Patton and Justina Wang, from Harvard Family Research Project, look at ways of helping to make the transition into kindergarten a positive experience that will serve as a foundation to help children reach their full potential throughout their school years. The brief highlights promising practices in six states—New Jersey, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Virginia, and California—where local- and state-level leadership support a variety of initiatives to ensure successful transitions into kindergarten. The authors examine effective collaborative approaches in which state departments of education, advocacy organizations, school districts, early education teachers, kindergarten teachers, families, and community members work together to help kindergartners enter school ready to begin this pivotal new phase of their lives

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Personality Theory in a Cultural Context

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Written by Lansing Community College Psychology professor Dr. Mark Kelland, this book covers general personality theory, with an emphasis on cultural aspects affecting personality development. There is also a section focusing on making positive choices in the development of one's personality from a number of different cultural/philosophical perspectives.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Reading, Textbook

Author: Mark Kelland

Psychology

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Psychology is designed to meet scope and sequence requirements for the single-semester introduction to psychology course. The book offers a comprehensive treatment of core concepts, grounded in both classic studies and current and emerging research. The text also includes coverage of the DSM-5 in examinations of psychological disorders. Psychology incorporates discussions that reflect the diversity within the discipline, as well as the diversity of cultures and communities across the globe.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Arlene Lacombe, Kathryn Dumper, Marilyn Lovett, Marion Perlmutter, Rose M. Spielman, William Jenkins

Psychology, Emotion and Motivation, Sexual Behavior Published

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By the end of this section, you will be able to:Understand basic biological mechanisms regulating sexual behavior and motivationAppreciate the importance of Alfred Kinsey’s research on human sexualityRecognize the contributions that William Masters and Virginia Johnson’s research made to our understanding of the sexual response cycleDefine sexual orientation and gender identity

Material Type: Module

Psychology, Emotion and Motivation, Motivation Published

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By the end of this section, you will be able to:Define intrinsic and extrinsic motivationUnderstand that instincts, drive reduction, self-efficacy, and social motives have all been proposed as theories of motivationExplain the basic concepts associated with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

Material Type: Module

Maslow's Hierarchy Twitter Activity

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This activity is designed to help students understand the representation of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs in everyday communications. Students will first read about the concept, then explore a familiar environment -- Twitter -- for expressions of it. (The activity can be adapted quickly for use with other social media applications and communication sites.) This activity was created by Dr. Sally B. Seraphin, University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: OpenStax, Rice University