Ch 1: AP Psychology: History & Development of Modern Psychology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The History and Development of Modern Psychology chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the origins and evolution of psychology as a social science discipline in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the History and Development of Modern Psychology chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Introduction to psychology
What is psychology
Definition of psychology
TuesdayThe science of psychology
Early psychological thought and theories
Rene Descartes and Dualism, John Locke's Empiricism, theories of Thomas Hobbes
WednesdayEarly psychological approaches
Functionalism and structuralism
Applications of evolutionary theory to learning
Explanations of how human learning occurs
ThursdayNatural selection and adaptation
Later psychological theories
Evolutionary theories of learning
Gestalt, psychoanalysis, behaviorism theories
FridayPost-1950 views on psychology A look at modern areas of specialization within psychology

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: AP Psychology: History & Development of Modern Psychology Lesson Plans
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Why Study Psychology? - Overview & Experiments

1. Why Study Psychology? - Overview & Experiments

What at first seems obvious may not be the case. Psychology looks past intuitions and feelings to search for the true roots to our behaviors. Watch this lesson to learn about two experiments that demonstrate how testing the 'obvious' can yield surprising results.

What Is Psychology?

2. What Is Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of how we think, feel and behave. In this lesson, you'll get an overview of the five main approaches that have guided modern psychological research.

The Science of Psychology: Experiments & the Scientific Method

3. The Science of Psychology: Experiments & the Scientific Method

How do psychologists use the scientific method to research behaviors? From formulating hypotheses to reducing biases, psychology carefully analyzes behaviors and their potential causes.

Dualism and Early Psychological Thought

4. Dualism and Early Psychological Thought

Sometimes it can feel like your mind and body are completely separate from each other. Watch this lesson to find out about what the philosopher Descartes termed dualism, including its relationship to psychology and the types of dualism.

Two Early Approaches: Functionalism and Structuralism

5. Two Early Approaches: Functionalism and Structuralism

What were the first two approaches to psychology, and how were they related? What do introspection and evolutionary principles have to do with it? In this lesson, you'll explore structuralism and functionalism.

Evolutionary Theory's Applications to Learning

6. Evolutionary Theory's Applications to Learning

In this lesson you will learn about evolutionary theory's application to instinctual learning and human development through natural selection. There is a quiz to test your knowledge at the end.

Natural Selection & Adaptation: Definition, Theory & Examples

7. Natural Selection & Adaptation: Definition, Theory & Examples

How does natural selection help shape the amazing types of animals we witness around us? In this lesson, we'll explore adaptations and what they can tell us about a species' past evolution.

Three Later Approaches: Gestalt, Psychoanalysis and Behaviorism

8. Three Later Approaches: Gestalt, Psychoanalysis and Behaviorism

How was psychology studied in the early twentieth century? In this lesson, you'll look at three common approaches of the early twentieth century and get a sense of the diverse routes psychologists can take as they study how the mind works.

Psychological Specializations: Cognitive, Humanistic, Social, Developmental & Clinical

9. Psychological Specializations: Cognitive, Humanistic, Social, Developmental & Clinical

Psychologists today study behavior through five main specializations: cognitive, humanistic, social, developmental and clinical. In this lesson, you'll focus on the central ideas behind each approach.

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