AP Psychology Final Project Ideas

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

These Advanced Placement Psychology final projects can help you ensure that students have not only solidified their learning, but that they can apply their knowledge in new and creative ways.

AP Psychology Final Projects

Engaging AP Psychology students in the completion of a final project is essential to ensure that they can effectively integrate knowledge, research strategies, and creativity to build quality final products. These projects offer a step-by-step explanation that will help you guide students from start to finish. Best used as individual student projects, they are multi-faceted and require synthesis of their learning in a detailed final presentation.

Childhood Development Parenting Course

In this project, students will research and synthesize information about physical, social, and cognitive development during one phase of childhood. Then, they will create a parenting course that guides parents through the developmental milestones and provides suggestions to encourage target growth in each area. Lastly, students will teach one lesson from the parenting curriculum to their classmates or a real-world audience.

  • Materials: Research material, course outline example, lesson plan outline example, research organizer(s), technology as needed for student presentation, rubric and guidelines, audience feedback form, project reflection questions
  1. Provide students with a course outline and lesson plan outline example so they get a full view of what is expected in this project.
  2. Provide a rubric and guidelines for the project and presentation.
  3. Provide students with access to research material.
  4. Provide students with research graphic organizers to guide their study.
  5. Give adequate time for thorough research of child development and check in frequently to ensure that students are on-track and remedy any confusion.
  6. Give adequate time for students to create their parenting course and perfect their presentation lesson plan.
  7. Allow students to partner with a classmate for project review before moving forward into the presentation phase.
  8. Give time for revisions based on peer feedback.
  9. Consider teaming students so they can practice their presentations before sharing with the whole class.
  10. On lesson day, provide audience members with a comment sheet to give quality feedback.
  11. Provide students with project reflection questions that ask them to summarize the research process and any changes they would make to the presentation based on audience feedback.

Lights, Camera, Action…and Personality!

In this project, students will research personality theories. To synthesize their learning, they will create a theatrical performance with characters representing various personality types or traits within their selected approach (psychoanalytic, behaviorism, social cognitive, humanistic, trait). They will ground their one-act play by connecting theoretical principles with the characterizations in the multimedia presentation.

  • Materials: Example theatrical script, example multimedia presentation, personality theory research, access to technology for completion of multimedia portion, rubric and guidelines, audience feedback form, project reflection questions
  1. Provide students with a theatrical script and multimedia presentation examples so they get a full view of what is expected in this project.
  2. Provide a rubric and guidelines for project and presentation.
  3. Provide students with access to research material.
  4. Provide students with research graphic organizers to guide their study.
  5. Provide students adequate time to research personality theories and types.
  6. Provide students adequate time to write their theatrical script.
  7. Provide students adequate time and technology access to create a multimedia presentation featuring the characters within their play and how each one connects to theoretical principles and reflects a specific personality type.
  8. Allow students to partner with a classmate for project review before moving forward into the performance phase.
  9. Give time for revisions based on peer feedback.
  10. Team students so they can practice the performance.
  11. On performance day, provide audience members with a comment sheet to give quality feedback.
  12. Provide students with project reflection questions that ask them to summarize the research process and any changes they would make to the presentation based on audience feedback.

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