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Psychology, Psychological Research, Analyzing Findings

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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

Lifespan Development: A Psychological Perspective

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Developmental Psychology, also known as Human Development or Lifespan Development, is the scientific study of ways in which people change, as well as stay the same, from conception to death. You will no doubt discover in the course of studying that the field examines change across a broad range of topics. These include physical and other psychophysiological processes, cognition, language, and psychosocial development, including the impact of family and peers.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Martha Lally, Suzanne Valentine-French

Strategy Guide: Think-Pair-Share Technique

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In this strategy guide, you will learn how to organize students and classroom topics to encourage a high degree of classroom participation and assist students in developing a conceptual understanding of a topic through the use of the Think-Pair-Share technique. The Think-Pair-Share strategy is designed to differentiate instruction by providing students time and structure for thinking on a given topic, enabling them to formulate individual ideas and share these ideas with a peer. This learning strategy promotes classroom participation by encouraging a high degree of pupil response, rather than using a basic recitation method in which a teacher poses a question and one student offers a response. Additionally, this strategy provides an opportunity for all students to share their thinking with at least one other student which, in turn, increases their sense of involvement in classroom learning. Think-Pair-Share can also be used as in information assessment tool; as students discuss their ideas, the teacher can circulate and listen to the conversations taking place and respond accordingly.

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Discover Psychology 2.0 - A Brief Introductory Text

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This textbook presents core concepts common to introductory courses. The 15 units cover the traditional areas of intro-to-psychology; ranging from biological aspects of psychology to psychological disorders to social psychology. This book can be modified: feel free to add or remove modules to better suit your specific needs. This book includes a comprehensive instructor's manual, PowerPoint presentations, a test bank, reading anticipation guides, and adaptive student quizzes.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Cara Laney, David M. Buss, David Watson, Edward Diener, Elizabeth F. Loftus, Emily Hooker, George Loewenstein, Henry L. Roediger III, Jeanne Tsai, Kathleen B. McDermott, Mark E. Bouton, Max H. Bazerman, Richard E. Lucas, Robert Siegler, Robert V. Levine, Ross Thompson, Sarah Pressman, Sudeep Bhatia, Susan T. Fiske, Yoshihisa Kashima

General Psychology (PSYC 100)

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Emphasis will be placed upon application of psychological knowledge to daily situations, and upon accessing and assessing information from a variety of sources about behavior. Skills in scientific reasoning and critical thinking will be developed during this course. Areas of psychology to be included are: research methods, neuroscience, human development, perception, consciousness, learning, memory, intelligence, motivation, emotion, personality, psychological disorders, psychotherapy, stress and health, and social psychology.Login: guest_oclPassword: ocl

Material Type: Full Course, Homework/Assignment, Lecture Notes, Lesson Plan, Reading, Syllabus

How to Create SUPER Slideshows!

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A colourful and fun superhero-themed slideshow presentation designed to teach students how to create effective slideshow presentations. A Google slides presentation that you can adopt / adapt for your classroom. Best suited for grades 5-8 but may work in higher grades too. Outlines 7 tips for effective slideshow presentations: 1. Fantastic Fonts 2. Stupendous Size 3. Terrific Text 4. Cool Colours 5. Glorious Graphics & Videos 6. Sensational Slides 7. *BONUS* Incredible Interactions

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Diagram/Illustration, Homework/Assignment, Lecture Notes, Lesson, Student Guide, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Kelly Brennan, Sarah Wendorf

Introduction to Psychology

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This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles of psychology. It begins with a short overview of the discipline's development and principal methodologies. The subsequent units are arranged around broad areas of research, including emotion, development, memory, and psychopathology. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: Identify the steps of the scientific method and explain how this method applies to psychological research methodology and statistical analyses; Demonstrate an understanding of the general history of the field; Explain the nature versus nurture argument and the current status of thinking regarding gene-environment interaction; Identify the basic components and mechanisms of the major biological systems often studied in psychology; Demonstrate an understanding of the basic findings within a variety of areas of psychology, including sensation and perception, memory and learning, development, social psychology, and psychopathology. (Psychology 101)

Material Type: Assessment, Full Course, Lecture, Reading, Syllabus

Lifespan Psychology (PSYC 200)

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Growth and development through the life span including physical, social, cognitive and neurological development. Topics covered included daycare, education, disabilities, parenting, types of families, gender identity and roles, career decisions, illnesses and treatments, aging, retirement, generativity, and dying.Login: guest_oclPassword: ocl

Material Type: Full Course, Homework/Assignment, Lecture Notes, Lesson Plan, Reading, Syllabus

Passion-Driven Statistics 2nd Edition.pdf

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Here is the link to the new Passion-Driven Statistics e-book! Passion-Driven Statistics is an NSF-funded, multidisciplinary, project-based curriculum that supports students in conducting data-driven research, asking original questions, and communicating methods and results using the language of statistics. The curriculum supports students to work with existing data covering psychology, health, earth science, government, business, education, biology, ecology and more. From existing data, students are able to pose questions of personal interest and then use statistical software (e.g. SAS, R, Python, Stata, SPSS) to answer them. The e-book is presented in pdf format for ease of use across platforms. It can also be customized by downloading and editing the .iba file (available through the link below) using the free “iBook Author” software. For more information, contact Lisa Dierker, or check out the Passion-Driven Statistics website at

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Full Course, Homework/Assignment, Lesson Plan, Textbook

Authors: Kristin Flaming, Lisa Dierker

Strategy Guide: Using the Jigsaw Cooperative Learning Technique

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In this strategy guide, you will learn how to organize students and texts to allow for learning that meets the diverse needs of students but keeps student groups flexible. The research that originally gave credibility to the jigsaw approach—creating heterogeneous groups of students, diving them into new groups to become expert on a topic, and then returning them to their home groups—touted its value as a means of creating positive interdependence in the classroom and improving students’ attitudes toward school and each other.

Material Type: Reading, Textbook