Office of Precollege and Undergraduate Education update

For full details about activities of the Office of Precollege and Undergraduate Education, see the complete issue of the Educator (PDF, 2.56MB). Highlights include: 

New unit lesson plans

In September 2013, Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools published a revised unit lesson plan on learning (PDF, 320KB). A revised unit on memory (PDF, 712KB) was published in December 2013. 

Online videos 

The Education Directorate posted seven videos from APA convention and APA/Clark University Workshop, thanks to funding provided by the American Psychological Fondation.

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

APA joined other special awards organizations in granting awards to projects focused on psychology and the behavioral and social sciences at the 2013 ISEF.

APA TOPSS Excellence in Teaching Awards 

TOPSS selected three recipients of the 2013 APA TOPSS Excellence in Teaching Awards, recognizing exemplary teaching and commitment to academic and professional excellence.

APF Professional Development Awards for High School Psychology Teachers 

The Education Directorate announced seven recipients of the 2013 APF’s Professional Development Awards for High School Psychology Teachers.

APA TOPSS Scholars Essay Competition for High School Psychology Students 

The TOPSS committee named four student winners for the 2013 TOPSS Competition for High School Psychology Students.

Update on the revision of the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major

The APA Council of Representatives approved the revised Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major: Version 2.0 in August 2013.

APF High School Psychology Teacher Network Grants 

The Education Directorate announced five recipients of the 2013 APF High School Psychology Teacher Network Grants

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) online briefing 

Beginning in 2015, a new version of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) will be administered. To help faculty prepare students who plan to take the new version of the MCAT, John Norcross, PhD, and Robin Hailstorks, PhD, prepared an online briefing (PDF, 353KB) to discuss the changes in the MCAT. This document also includes self-study questions for psychology educators to consider as they plan for these new changes and potential impact on their programs.

Online Psychology Laboratory (OPL) 

Education Directorate staff are working with OPL editor Sue Frantz, MA, of Highline Community College, to foster the continued development of OPL — an online collection of interactive, peer-reviewed materials for the teaching of psychological science. Through this online collection, teachers can have their students participate in online studies and demonstrations.

Planning a national survey on undergraduate study in psychology 

Education Directorate staff have continued to work with the Board of Educational Affairs Panel on Precollege and Undergraduate Education and staff in the APA Center for Workforce Studies to create and refine an online survey about undergraduate study in psychology. Following a protocol developed by John Norcross, PhD, Leona Aiken, PhD, and Robin Hailstorks, PhD, phase one of this survey will be launched in January 2014.

Workshop series for undergraduate students 

Education Directorate staff partnered with the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students staff to sponsor the first in a series of workshops for undergraduate students. In October 2013, nearly 50 students came to the APA building to listen to presentations on the topic of “Finding the Right Graduate School for Me.” The second workshop was held in November on the topic of “Applying to the Right Program for You.”