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1 Teaching Activities for a History of Psychology Course David Zehr Plymouth State University

2 First Day of Class

3 I dare say none of you can think…

4 I dare say none of you can write…

5 If you learn anything in this class…

6 It will be how to think and how to write…

7 You are having a final exam in two weeks.

8 You will all flunk it. Your job…

9 Is to flunk it admirably.

10 Second Day of Class

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18 "Normal children often pass through stages of passionate cruelty, laziness, lying and thievery.''

19 I loved your paper about Ebbinghaus, Kulpe, and Brentano—one psychologist and two imposters!

20 Structuralism Columbia/Chicago 1892

21 And that’s what I’d do with a dozen healthy infants!

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23 The Course at Plymouth State Upper level (juniors/seniors) Required for all psychology majors Enrollment/semester: 16-36

24 Course Goals EngagementWritingCollaborationRelevance

25 Day 1: Passing Notes

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29 Fancher, R. E. (1987). Henry Goddard and the Kallikak family photographs: “Conscious skulduggery” or Whig history? American Psychologist, 42,

30 Presentism

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32 Writing

33 Weekly in-class writing assignments Two-three questions to choose from Open note/open book

34 How would a Kuhnian explain the following two statements: –Kulpe’s psychology: the revolution that never was –Gestalt psychology: the revolution that failed

35 John Dewey never did a single experiment worth remembering. How could one therefore argue he’s more important to psychology’s history than the experimentalist, Edward Titchener?

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37 Active Learning Exercises

38 Speed Dating and Applied Psychology He’s nice, but I bet those thoughts aren’t imageless Every cell I have is yours, individually and collectively

39 Turn-ons: eugenics, statistics, fingerprinting

40 Think not my confession of admiration to be a false one.

41 If you have a high IQ, I’d like a chance to speak with you.

42 You should be efficient, mechanically inclined, and fond of postage stamps.

43 Mental testers measure up

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45 I love you guys!

46 Skinner Chomsky

47 Would You Hire This Candidate?

48 Fostering Class Discussion

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50 Great Hero of Legend

51 Tyrannosaurus: A dinosaur whose time has passed

52 “…the most stupendous intellectual confidence trick of the 20 th century” (P. Medawar)

53 Research Projects

54 Team based Content analysis Formal research reports

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56 Where’s Harry? “If you had never heard of Harry Harlow before you opened this book…if you wonder how a psychologist…can seem so invisible only twenty years after his death…”

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58 Feeblemindedness in America Tracing the usage of a descriptive label

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60 The Myers-Briggs and Academic Psychology “The indicator has also been embraced by academia (at least outside of psychology departments).”

61 Dependent measures Collecting/interpreting data Writing in the discipline

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64 “in the end, the only sure criterion is to have fun. And I have had fun.”


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