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                PSYCHOLOGY
 
 
Course Description  - The Psychology (semester) course broadly investigates the behavioral and mental processes of human beings. The course emphasizes multiple theories and current research for students to critically evaluate the practices and sub-fields within psychology. Students learn to define, apply and use key terms as well as principles of psychology in their own lives. Topics include ethics, study methodologies, human development, abnormal behavior, feelings and emotions, personality, intelligence, altered states of awareness, sleep and dreams, biological basis for behavior, learning and memory, development and individual differences, and psychological disorders. Course Note: This course fulfills the Social Studies Elective (.5) requirement.This course provides students the opportunity to explore psychology as the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. Areas of study include the scientific method, development, cognition, personality, assessment and mental health, and the socio-cultural and biological bases of behavior.
 
 

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Course Objectives: Upon completion of Psychology, students should be able to:

  • Study the major concepts and theories of psychology
  • Be able to define and use key terms of psychology
  • Understand and be able to demonstrate research, and also be able to interpret and evaluate the validity of the research.
  • Develop critical thinking skills to evaluate the vast amount of “psychology” that is presented in everyday literature.
  • Be able to apply  psychological principles to their own lives
  • Understand the many areas of psychology as both  areas of study and possible career options
  • Build on their reading, writing, evaluation and discussion skills
  • Learn about the ethical standards that govern psychological research


                             


                              by McGraw-Hill 







Classroom Management: The students will actively and effectively participant in all classroom endeavors, independently and within group settings; will complete all class work / lab. work / homework / projects, / reading & writing assignments, etc… as instructed; will secure and maintain all supplies and materials as needed to meet the learning objectives.  Students should conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the best of schools:  careful listening, mutual respect, and extreme courtesy are essential in maintaining a class where all members feel comfortable participating.  Behavioral Guidelines:
·       Be on time.
·         Be prepared.
·         Be quiet as needed
·         Be seated.
·         Be respectful of yourself, others, and property.

  

Basic Weekly Assignment:  You are responsible for reading one to two chapters per week and creating an outline on each chapter.  The reading assignments are to be completed at home. The outline will be graded generally on its accuracy, completeness and neatness.  For more information on developing outlining skills and an example of the format for a chapter outline   Click here!   HOW TO DO A CHAPTER OUTLINE: The Basics. You will be given several handouts throughout the course.  Most are informational but many do require some work such as filling in the blanks or completing a graphic organizer. You must maintain a well organized three ring binder / folder with sectional dividers.  I often give at least one binder / folder grade each 9 week period.





Grading Policy:
 
               Daily  =  50%  -    Classwork & Homework & Lesson Quiz (LQ)
 
               Test    =  50%  -   Subject to change on special projects. 





                   LESSON PLANS  




WEEK 1 -     Chapter 1       Approaches to Psychology


Opening:               

       Standards / ObjectivesPSS1: Students will understand the development of psychology                                                               as a science by analyzing its historical development, research,                                                                 strategies, philosophical approaches and identifying ethical issues.  
                                                 / Cont... 
                                          
        Essential Question(s):   What are the goals of psychology?  
                                               How did psychology develop as a unique form of study? 

       Text:  1 - 24

       Vocabulary:  physiological, cognitive, psychology, hypothesis, theory, basic science, applied                                      science, empirical, structuralist, functionalist, psychoanalyst, behaviorist,                                                humanist, cognitivist, psychobiologist,  psychologist, psychiatry 
 
Work Session:       

            Assignment / Monitoring -   Chapter Outline 

          Task(s):  LQ 1, 2, 3  
                                          
Closing:                 

             Clarification / Mastery -   Differentiation & Enrichment  
           Assessment(s): Observation, Oral responses, Written responses.  /  Chapter Test. 














WEEK  2 -    Chapter 2       Psychological Research Methods and                                                     Statistics


Opening:               

           Standards / Objectives - PSS1.d: Provide examples of methods used to study human                                                                    behaviors (field studies, Surveys, Naturalistic Observational,                                                                    Interviews, Case Studies, Psychological Tests, Longitudinal and                                                              Cross-Sectional Studies).     / Cont...

                                           
         Essential Question(s):  How do psychologists gather information?  
                                       What can influence the results of experiments?

                                           
         Text:  25 - 48

                                           
         Vocabulary:  naturalistic observation, case study, logitudinal study, cross-sectional study,                                            correlation, variable, experimental group, control group, self-fulfilling prophecy,
                                    double-blind experiment, placebo effect, descriptive statistics, frequency                                                  distribution, normal curve, central tendency, standard deviation, variance,                                                correlation coefficient, inferential statistics   
 
Work Session:       

            Assignment / Monitoring -   Chapter Outline 

          Task(s):  LQ 1, 2, 3   
                                          
Closing:                 

             Clarification / Mastery -  Differentiation & Enrichment 
           Assessment(s):  Observation, Oral responses, Written responses. /  Chapter Test. 












WEEK  3 -    Chapter 3         Infancy and Childhood


Opening:               

        Standards / Objectives - PSS2: Students will explain developmental patterns in humans.   / Cont...

                                           
       Essential Question(s):  How do our abilities change from birth to childhood?
                                                  What impact do parents have on the development of children?

                                           
        Text: 
49 - 80

        Vocabulary:  developmental psychology, grasping reflex, rooting reflex, telegraphic speech,                                        schema, assimilation, accommodation, representational though, conservation, 
                                    egocentric, imprinting, socialization, sublimation, role taking
 
Work Session:       

            Assignment / Monitoring -   Chapter Outline 

          Task(s): LQ 1, 2, 3  
                                          
Closing:                 

             Clarification / Mastery -   Differentiation & Enrichment  
          Assessment(s):  Observation, Oral responses, Written responses.  /  Chapter Test. 
















WEEK  4 -     Chapter 4           Adolescence


Opening:               

         Standards / Objectives - PSS2.d: Compare the different ways people develop including physical,                                                  social, moral, cognitive, and language development. PSS2.e:                                                                  Summarizer the theories of Piaget, Erikson, and Kohlberg regarding                                                        human development. PSS2.f: Describe the physical changes and                                                            psychological issues faced by adolescents.    / Cont...

                                           
       Essential Question(s):  How do physical changes impact emotional development?
                                       How does culture influence behavior?

       Text: 81 - 120
                                           
        Vocabulary:  initiation rites, menarche, spermarche, asynchrony, rationalization, identity crisis,                                    social learning theory, clique, conformity, anorexia nervosa, gender identity,                                            gender role, gender stereotype, androgynous, gender schema


Work Session:       

            Assignment / Monitoring -   Chapter Outline 

          Task(s):  LQ 1, 2, 3, 4 , 5 
                                          
Closing:                 

             Clarification / Mastery -  Differentiation & Enrichment 
           Assessment(s):  Observation, Oral responses, Written responses.  /  Chapter Test. 


















WEEK 5 -      Chapter 5          Adulthood and Old Age


Opening:               

        Standards / Objectives - PSS2: Students will explain developmental patterns in humans.
                                               PSS2.g: Describe the psychological developments of adults and the                                                       aged.     / Cont...

                                           
       Essential Question(s)How do cognitive abilities advance with age?
                             

       Text: 121 - 144

       Vocabulary:  menopause, generativity, stagnation, decremental model of aging, ageism,                                              dementia, Alzheimer's disease, thanotology, hospice
 
Work Session:       

            Assignment / Monitoring -   Chapter Outline 

          Task(s):  LQ 1, 2, 3 
                                          
Closing:                 

             Clarification / Mastery -   Differentiation & Enrichment 
           Assessment(s):  Observation, Oral responses, Written responses.  /  Chapter Test. 



                             Chapter 6           Body and Behavior


Opening:               

        Standards / Objectives - PSS3: Students will investigate the structure, biochemistry and circuitry of the brain and nervous system to understand their roles in affecting behavior, including the ability to distinguish between sensation and perception.     / Cont...

                                           
       Essential Question(s): How do internal features of the body affect behavior?
                                     How do changes in our bodies' processes lead to changes in our                                                              behavior?

       Text:  145 - 176 

       Vocabulary:  central nervous system CNS, spinal cord, peripheral nervous system PNS,                                              neurons, synapse, nuerotransmitters, somatic nervous system SNS, automatic                                      nervous system ANS, hindbrain, midbrain, forebrain, lobes,                                                                      electroencephalograph EEG,  computerized, axial tomography CT, positron                                            emission tomography PET, magnetic resonance imaging MRI, endocrine system,                                    hormones, pituitary gland
 

Work Session:       

            Assignment / Monitoring -   Chapter Outline 

          Task(s):  LQ 1, 2, 3, 4 
                                          
Closing:                 

             Clarification / Mastery -   Differentiation & Enrichment 
           Assessment(s):  Observation, Oral responses, Written responses.  /  Chapter Test. 













WEEK  6 -   Chapter 7        Altered States of Consciousness


Opening:               

          Standards / Objectives - PSS6: Students will understand the causes and attributes of different                                                      mental disorders and the varying treatment options available to assist                                                      those who are afflicted.    / Cont...

                                           
         Essential Question(s)How does the body communicate with the mind?


         Text: 177 -200

         Vocabulary: consciousness, REM, circadian rhythm, insomnia, narcolepsy, night terrors,                                            sleepwalking,  hynosis, posthypnotic suggestion, biofeedback, meditation,                                              psychoactive drugs, hallucinations, hallucinogens
 
Work Session:       

            Assignment / Monitoring -   Chapter Outline 

          Task(s):   LQ 1, 2, 3 
                                          
Closing:                 

             Clarification / Mastery -   Differentiation & Enrichment 
           Assessment(s):  Observation, Oral responses, Written responses.  /  Chapter Test. 



                            




Chapter 8         Sensation and Perception


Opening:               
                           
         Standards / Objectives - PSS3: Students will investigate the structure, biochemistry and circuitry                                                  of the brain and nervous system to understand their roles in affecting                                                      behavior, including the ability to distinguish between sensation and                                                          perception.    / Cont...

                                           
        Essential Question(s):  How does the mind react to changes?

        Text:  201 - 232

        Vocabulary:  sensation, perception, psychophysics, absolute threshold, difference threshold,                                     signal-detection theory, pupil, lens, retina, optic nerve, binocular fusion, retinal                                         disparity, auditory nerve, olfactory nerve, somesthesis, vestibular system,                                               Gestalt, kinesthesis, subliminal messages, motion parallax, constancy,                                                   extrasensory perception 
 

Work Session:       

            Assignment / Monitoring -   Chapter Outline 

          Task(s):   LQ 1, 2, 3 
                                          
Closing:                 

             Clarification / Mastery -   Differentiation & Enrichment 
           Assessment(s):  Observation, Oral responses, Written responses.  /  Chapter Test. 















WEEK  7 -    Chapter 9        Learning: Principles and Applications


Opening:               

         Standards / Objectives - PSS5: Students will understand how organisms adapt to their                                                                  environment through learning, information processing and memory. 
                                        / Cont...
                                           
        Essential Question(s):   How do our experiences change our behavior?

        Text:  233 - 264

        Vocabulary:  classical conditioning, neutral stimulus, unconditioned stimulus, unconditioned                                       response, conditioned stimulus, conditioned response,  generalization,                                                   discrimination, extinction, operant conditioning, reinforcement, secondary                                               reinforcer, primary reinforcer, shaping, response chain, aversive control,                                                 negative  reinforcement, escape conditioning, avoidance conditioning, social                                           learning, cognitive learning, cognitive map, latent learning, learned                                                           helplessness, modeling, token economy
 
Work Session:       

            Assignment / Monitoring -   Chapter Outline 

          Task(s):   LQ 1, 2, 3 
                                          
Closing:                 

             Clarification / Mastery -   Differentiation & Enrichment 
           Assessment(s):  Observation, Oral responses, Written responses.  /  Chapter Test. 
















WEEK  8-      Chapter 10          Memory and Thought


Opening:               

         Standards / Objectives -  PSS5: Students will understand how organisms adapt to their                                                                  environment through learning, information processing and memory. 
                                          / Cont...
                                           
         Essential Question(s):   How does the passage of time affect the brain?

         Text:  265 - 288

           Vocabulary:  encoding, storage, retrieval, sensory memory, short-term memory,                                                            maintenance  rehearsal, chunking, semantic memory, episodic memory,                                                  declarative memory, procedural memory, recognition, recall, reconstructive                                              processes, confabulation, schemas, eidetic memory, decay, interference,                                                elaborative rehearsal
 
Work Session:       

            Assignment / Monitoring -   Chapter Outline 

          Task(s):  LQ 1, 2
                                          
Closing:                 

             Clarification / Mastery -  Differentiation & Enrichment 
          Assessment(s):  Observation, Oral responses, Written responses.  /  Chapter Test. 
















WEEK  9      Chapter 11        Thinking and Language


Opening:               

         Standards / Objectives -    PSS3: Students will investigate the structure, biochemistry and circuitry of the brain and nervous system to understand their roles in affecting behavior, including the ability to distinguish between sensation and perception.     / Cont...

                                           
       Essential Question(s):  How does the brain solve problems?
                                      How does the brain learn new skills?

       Text:   289 - 312

       Vocabulary:  image, symbol, rule, metacognition, algorithm, heuristic, mental set, functional                                        fixedness, language, phoneme, morpheme, syntax, semantics 
 
Work Session:       

            Assignment / Monitoring -   Chapter Outline 

          Task(s):  LQ 1, 2 
                                          
Closing:                 

             Clarification / Mastery -   Differentiation & Enrichment 
          Assessment(s):  Observation, Oral responses, Written responses.  /  Chapter Test. 















WEEK  10     Chapter 12        Motivation and Emotion



Opening:               

         Standards / Objectives -  PSS7: Students will understand the different psychological and                                                                physiological factors that affect human motivation and emotion, while                                                      investigating the concept of human consciousness.   / Cont...

                                           
        Essential Question(s):    What motivates behavior?

        Text:   313 - 342

         Vocabulary:  motivation, instincts, drive, homeostasis, incentive, extrinsic motivation,                                                   intrinsic motivation, lateral hypothalmus LH, ventromedial hypothalmus VH,                                             fundamental needs, psychological needs, self-actualization needs, emotion
 
Work Session:       

            Assignment / Monitoring -   Chapter Outline 

          Task(s):   LQ 1, 2, 3 
                                          
Closing:                 

             Clarification / Mastery -   Differentiation & Enrichment 
           Assessment(s):  Observation, Oral responses, Written responses.  /  Chapter Test. 














WEEK  11       Chapter 13       Psychological Testing 


Opening:               

         Standards / Objectives -   PSS1: Students will understand the development of psychology as a science by analyzing its historical development, research, strategies, philosophical approaches and identifying ethical issues.    / Cont...

                                           
        Essential Question(s):   How do psychologists gather information?

        Text:  345 - 375

        Vocabulary:  reliability, validity, standardization, percentile system, norms, two-factory theory,                                     triarchic theory, emotional intelligence, intelligence quotient, heritability, cultural                                       bias, aptitude test, achievement test, interest inventory, personality test,                                                   objective test, projective test 
 
Work Session:       

            Assignment / Monitoring -   Chapter Outline 

          Task(s):   LQ 1, 2, 3, 4 
                                          
Closing:                 

             Clarification / Mastery -   Differentiation & Enrichment 
           Assessment(s):  Observation, Oral responses, Written responses.  /  Chapter Test. 














WEEK 12       Chapter 14         Theories of Personality



Opening:               

          Standards / Objectives - PSS4: Students will recognize that personality is a relatively stable                                                          pattern of behaviors, thoughts, motives and emotions that characterize                                                    the individual.     / Cont...

                                           
         Essential Question(s):   How is behavior influenced by environment?
                                         How does experience influence personality?

         Text:  377 - 416

          Vocabulary:  personality, unconscious, id, ego, superego, defense mechanisms, collective                                          unconscious, archetype, inferiority complex, behaviorism, contingencies of                                              reinforcement, humanistic psychology, self-actualization, self, positive regard,                                        conditions of worth, unconditional positive regard, fully functioning, trait,                                                  cardinal trait, factor analysis, surface trait, source trait
 
Work Session:       

            Assignment / Monitoring -   Chapter Outline 

          Task(s):   LQ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5  
                                          
Closing:                 

             Clarification / Mastery -   Differentiation & Enrichment 
           Assessment(s):  Observation, Oral responses, Written responses.  /  Chapter Test. 















WEEK  13     Chapter 15        Stress and Health


Opening:               

         Standards / Objectives -  PSS4: Students will recognize that personality is a relatively stable pattern of behaviors, thoughts, motives and emotions that characterize the individual.   / Cont...

                                           
        Essential Question(s):   How does stress influence behavior?

        Text:  417 - 448

        Vocabulary:  stress, stressor, stress reaction, distress, eustress, conflict situation, social                                              support, cognitive appraisal, intellectualization, progressive relaxation,                                                    biofeedback
 

Work Session:       

            Assignment / Monitoring -   Chapter Outline 

          Task(s):   LQ 1, 2, 3 
                                          
Closing:                 

             Clarification / Mastery -   Differentiation & Enrichment 
           Assessment(s):  Observation, Oral responses, Written responses.  /  Chapter Test. 

                      

                    Chapter 16        Psychological Disorders


Opening:               

         Standards / Objectives -   PSS6: Students will understand the causes and attributes of different mental disorders and the varying treatment options available to assist those who are afflicted.  / Cont...

                                           
        Essential Question(s):   What happens when psychological processes break down?

        Text:  449 - 488

        Vocabulary:  DSM-5, anxiety, phobia, panic disordere, post-traumatic stress, disorder,                                                  somatoform disorder, conversion disorder, dissociative disorder, dissociative                                          amnesia, dissociative fugue, dissociative identify disorder, schizophrenia,                                                delusions, hallucinations, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder,                                                      personality disorders, antisocial personality, psychological dependence,                                                  tolerance, withdrawal
 

Work Session:       

            Assignment / Monitoring -   Chapter Outline 

          Task(s):   LQ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 
                                          
Closing:                 

             Clarification / Mastery -   Differentiation & Enrichment 
           Assessment(s):  Observation, Oral responses, Written responses.  /  Chapter Test. 

















WEEK  14     Chapter 17       Therapy and Change


Opening:               

         Standards / Objectives -    PSS6: Students will understand the causes and attributes of different mental disorders and the varying treatment options available to assist those who are afflicted.  / Cont...

                                           
      Essential Question(s):   How can therapists modify behavior?
                                      How do changes to the body change the mind?

      Text:  489 - 520

      Vocabulary:   psychotherapy, eclectic approach, group therapy, psychoanalysis, free                                                    association, resistance, dream analysis, transference, humanistic therapy, client-                                    centered therapy, non-directive therapy, active listening, cognitive therapies,                                            rational-emotive therapy RET, behavior therapy, behavior modification,                                                    systematic desensitization, aversive conditioning, contingency management,                                          cognitive-behavior therapy, drug therapy, antipsychotic drugs, antidepressants,                                      lithium carbonate, electroconvulsive therapy ECT, psychosurgery, prefrontal                                            lobotomy
 

Work Session:       

            Assignment / Monitoring -   Chapter Outline 

          Task(s):   LQ 1, 2, 3, 4  
                                          
Closing:                 

             Clarification / Mastery -   Differentiation & Enrichment 
          Assessment(s):  Observation, Oral responses, Written responses.  /  Chapter Test. 
















WEEK  15       Chapter 18       Individual Interactions


Opening:               

          Standards / Objectives -   PSS8: Students will understand the socio-cultural dimensions of behavior including topics such as conformity, obedience, perception, attitudes and the influences of the group on the individual.   / Cont...

                                           
       Essential Question(s):   Why do people form bonds?
                                        How do individuals develop judgments?

       Text:  521 - 552

       Vocabulary:  social psychology, social cognition, physical proximity, stimulation value, utility                                        value, ego-support value, complementarity, primacy effect, stereotype, attribution                                    theory, fundamental attribution error, actor-observer bias, self-serving bias,                                              nonverbal communication, generational identity
 

Work Session:       

            Assignment / Monitoring -   Chapter Outline 

          Task(s):   LQ 1, 2, 3 
                                          
Closing:                 

             Clarification / Mastery -   Differentiation & Enrichment 
           Assessment(s):  Observation, Oral responses, Written responses.  /  Chapter Test. 


                          Chapter 19        Group Interaction


Opening:               

         Standards / Objectives -    PSS8: Students will understand the socio-cultural dimensions of behavior including topics such as conformity, obedience, perception, attitudes and the influences of the group on the individual.   / Cont...

                                           
        Essential Question(s):     How can groups shape the behavior of individuals?

        Text:  553 - 584

        Vocabulary:  group, task functions, social functions, ideology, social facilitation, social                                                 inhibition, group polarization, groupthink, sociogram, obedience, debriefing,                                             catharsis, altruism, diffusion of responsibility, bystander effect, social loafing,                                           deindividuation
 
Work Session:       

            Assignment / Monitoring -   Chapter Outline 

          Task(s):   LQ 1, 2, 3 
                                          
Closing:                 

             Clarification / Mastery -   Differentiation & Enrichment 
           Assessment(s):  Observation, Oral responses, Written responses.










WEEK  16     Chapter 20       Attitudes and Social Influence


Opening:               

        Standards / Objectives - PSS8: Students will understand the socio-cultural dimensions of                                                              behavior including topics such as conformity, obedience, perception,                                                        attitudes and the influences of the group on the individual.  / Cont...

                                           
       Essential Question(s):    How does culture influence behavior?

       Text:  585 - 608

       Vocabulary:  attitude, self-concept, compliance, indentification, internalization, cognitive                                              dissonance, counterattitudinal behavior, self-justification, prejudice, boomerrang                                      effect, sleeper effect, inoculation effect, brainwashing  
 

Work Session:       

            Assignment / Monitoring -   Chapter Outline 

          Task(s):   LQ 1, 2, 3 
                                          
Closing:                 

             Clarification / Mastery -   Differentiation & Enrichment 
           Assessment(s):  Observation, Oral responses, Written responses.  /  Chapter Test. 












WEEK 17     Chapter 21       Psychology: Present and Future 

Opening:               

         Standards / Objectives -  PSS8: Students will understand the socio-cultural dimensions of                                                              behavior including topics such as conformity, obedience, perception,                                                        attitudes and the influences of the group on the individual.  / Cont...

                                           
        Essential Question(s):    How does the field of psychology affect daily life?

        Text:  609 - 622

        Vocabulary:  gerontology, visualization, crisis intervention program
 

Work Session:       

            Assignment / Monitoring -   Chapter Outline 

          Task(s):    LQ 1, 2
                                          
Closing:                 

             Clarification / Mastery -   Differentiation & Enrichment 
           Assessment(s):  Observation, Oral responses, Written responses.  /  Chapter Test. 








WEEK 18                  REVIEW 
                                      and 
    FINAL EXAMINATION
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Course Outline and Instructional Activities:  
 
I.   Psychological Perspectives and Methods of Inquiry Psychological knowledge is based on scientific methodology, the systematic, empirically-based investigation of phenomena through observations and measurements. Psychologists use scientific methods to establish knowledge and explain phenomena, and employ a variety of methods to observe and measure behavior. 

Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of the scientific methods that are at the core of psychology. 

Students will investigate human behavior from biological, cognitive, behavioral, and sociocultural perspectives.

Students will discuss theories, methodologies, and empirical findings necessary to plan, conduct, and especially interpret research results. 

Students will adhere to and consider the impact of American Psychological Association and federal guidelines for the ethical treatment of human and nonhuman research participants. 

Students will explain how the validity and reliability of observations and measurements relate to data analysis. 

Students will collect and analyze data designed to answer a psychological question using basic descriptive and inferential statistics. 

Students will explore multicultural and global perspectives that recognize how diversity is important to explaining human behavior.



II.  Influences on Thoughts and Behavior Psychologists 
have long considered the extent to which human behavior is malleable and the degree to which it varies between people and populations. Psychologists examine genetic predispositions to behavioral patterns, but human behavior is also influenced by the environment. Research has shown that biological, psychological, and socio-cultural factors play important roles in shaping the way we see and react to the world around us.  

Students will explain the complexities of human thought and behavior, as well as the factors related to the individual differences among people.  

Students will describe biological, psychological, and socio-cultural factors that influence individuals’ cognition, perception, and behavior.  

Students will explain the interaction of biology and experience (i.e., nature and nurture) and its influence on behavior.  

Students will identify the role psychological science can play in helping us understand differences in individual cognitive and physical abilities. 

Students will explain how social, cultural, gender, and economic factors influence behavior and human interactions in societies around the world.
 

III.  Critical Thinking: Themes, Sources, and Evidence Psychological inquiry is based on a variety of sources and materials that are read and analyzed. The study of psychology brings together common themes that include ethics, diversity, scientific attitudes, and skills (e.g., critical thinking, problem solving). Informed by these themes and supported by sources, psychologists make evidence-based conclusions which in turn can lead to further questions and answers. 


Students will explain common themes across the field of psychological science, including ethical issues, diversity, developmental issues, and concerns about health and well-being. 

Students will use information from different psychological sources to generate research questions.  

Students will use existing evidence and formulate conclusions about psychological phenomena.  

Students will use critical thinking skills to become better consumers of psychological knowledge.  

Students will acknowledge the inter-connectedness of knowledge in the discipline of psychology.



IV.  Applications of Psychological Knowledge Psychological knowledge can be useful in addressing a wide array of issues, from individual to global levels. In order to understand behavior and mental processes, psychologists apply their psychological knowledge to the world around them. Psychological knowledge directly relates to everyday and civic life, and its application can benefit society and improve people’s lives. 

Students will apply psychological knowledge to their daily lives. 

Students will apply the major theoretical approaches in psychology to educational, emotional, political, ethical, motivational, organizational, personal, and social issues. 

Students will suggest psychologically based ethical solutions to actual problems including, but not limited to, those encountered in education, business and industry, and the environment. 

Students will discuss ways in which the applications of psychological science can address domestic and global issues. 

Students will use psychological knowledge to promote healthy lifestyle choices. 

Students will apply psychological knowledge to civic engagement.








 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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