Teaching Psychology in America: A History

Pages: 578
Item #: 4316310
ISBN: 978-1-55798-183-7
List Price: $9.95
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Copyright: 1992
Format: Softcover
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While the history of psychology as a discipline is well documented, relatively little attention has been paid to the history of pedagogy in the field. Teaching Psychology in America: A History addresses this unmet need by providing an organized chronology and placing the teaching of psychology in a social and intellectual context.

A rich source of archival details and historical analyses, the 22 chapters present a comprehensive range of topics related to the art and science of teaching psychology, comparing the few standard courses taught 100 years ago with the proliferation of specialties and subfields today; examining the shifts in curriculum recommendations over time; analyzing the changes in textbooks, handbooks, and teaching-related journal articles; discussing the role of national and regional conferences and organizations in supporting psychology students and faculty; and reviewing the part played by outstanding teachers who have made distinctive contributions to psychology during the past century.

Table of Contents


—Charles D. Spielberger

—Antonio E. Puente, Janet R. Matthews, and Charles L. Brewer

—Antonio E. Puente, Janet R. Matthews, and Charles L. Brewer

I. General Issues in the Teaching of Psychology

—Antonio E. Puente

  1. Evolution of Undergraduate Curricula in Psychology, 1892–1992
    —Thomas V. McGovern
  2. Collegiate Career Advising: Status, Antecedents, and Strategies
    —Mark E. Ware
  3. The Socratic–Sophistic Continuum in Teaching Psychology and Psychological Research in America
    —John J. Furedy
  4. International Development of Psychology as an Academic Discipline
    —Helio Carpintero

II. Key Individuals in the Teaching of Psychology

—Antonio E. Puente

  1. Psychologists as Teachers: Sketches Toward a History of Teaching During 100 Years of American Psychology
    —Donald A. Dewsbury and Wade E. Pickren
  2. A Brief History of the American Psychological Foundation's Award for Distinguished Teachers of Psychology
    —David J. Pittenger
  3. Women: Their Influence and Their Impact on the Teaching of Psychology
    —FlorenceL. Denmark and Linda C. Fernandez
  4. Ethnic Minorities in the Teaching of Psychology
    —L. Phillip Guzman, R. Steven Schiavo, and Antonio E. Puente
  5. "I Was Just Lucky": An Interview With Model Teacher Wilbert J. McKeachie
    —Jane S. Halonen

III. Conferences Advancing the Teaching of Psychology

—Janet R. Matthews

  1. National Conferences on Undergraduate Psychology
    —Margaret A. Lloyd and Charles L. Brewer
  2. Education and Training Conferences in Graduate Education
    —Cynthia Belar
  3. Conferences on Internship and Postdoctoral Training
    —Cynthia Belar
  4. Regional Conferences for Teachers and Students of Psychology
    —Stephen F. Davis and Randolph A. Smith

IV. Organized Psychology in Advancing the Teaching of Psychology

—Janet R. Matthews

  1. The American Psychological Association and the Teaching of Psychology, 1892–1945
    —C. James Goodwin
  2. Advancing the Teaching of Psychology: Contributions of the American Psychological Association, 1946–1992
    —Paul D. Nelson and George Stricker
  3. Division in Search of Self: A History of APA Division 2, the Division of the Teaching of Psychology
    —Randall D. Wight and Stephen F. Davis
  4. A Quartet of Councils Interested in the Teaching of Psychology
    —RandolphA. Smith
  5. Psi Chi and Psi Beta: The Two National Honor Societies in Psychology
    —Ruth Hubbard Cousins, Carol Tracy, and Peter J. Giordano

V. Key Publications in the Teaching of Psychology

—Charles L. Brewer

  1. Teaching of Psychology, the Journal
    —Robert S. Daniel
  2. Portraits of a Discipline: An Examination of Introductory Psychology Textbooks in America
    —Wayne Weiten and Randall D. Wight
  3. Psychological Handbooks: History and Function
    —James L. Pate
  4. Constancy and Change: Teaching as Depicted in Psychology Journals
    —Bernard C. Beins


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Cover[s] a range of topics related to the teaching of psychology over the last 100 years…Rich in archival details and historical analyses that consider the social and intellectual contexts for psychology, the volume is coherent and highly readable…More than a reference source of interest to historians for details on such items as recipients of teaching awards and the recommendations of the several national conferences, many chapters offer excellent discussions that provide provocative perspectives on academic psychology's present and future prospects.
—CHOICE Magazine