Ch 1: History of Psychology: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The History of Psychology unit of this High School Psychology Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about the origins of psychology. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our History of Psychology Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the founding principles of this science. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the history of psychology. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn what psychology is, early ideas in the field, later approaches and various perspectives regarding behavior.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a psychology curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a history of psychology unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

History of Psychology Unit Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of what psychology is and how it operates as a science.
  • Examine the idea of dualism, and learn about early leaders in psychological thought, including Rene Decartes, Thomas Hobbes and John Locke.
  • Learn about functionalism and structuralism.
  • Explore the processes of natural selection and adaptation.
  • Find out about behaviorism, psychoanalysis and Gestalt.
  • Learn how psychology developed in the latter half of the 20th century.
  • See what is meant by behavioral, biological, humanistic, sociocultural and psychodynamic perspectives.
  • Get information on subfields of psychology, such as counseling, clinical, school and social psychology.

8 Lessons in Chapter 1: History of Psychology: Homeschool Curriculum
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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.

Natural Selection & Adaptation: Definition, Theory & Examples

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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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