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Ch 1: History of Psychology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The History of Psychology chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the development of psychological thought 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 of 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.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Experimentation in psychology Steps in the scientific method and research techniques used to avoid sampling, subject, and experimenter bias
Tuesday Early approaches to psychology The work of Descartes and the influence of dualism in psychology; Wundt and James' structuralist and functionalist approaches to psychology
Wednesday Natural selection and adaptation Evolutionary fitness, adaptations, homologous and analogous ancestral traits, and convergent evolution
Thursday Psychological perspectives Characteristics of Gestalt, psychodynamic and behaviorist psychology; a comparison of cognitive, humanistic, sociocultural, and biological perspectives
Friday Subfields of psychology Areas of focus for experimental, clinical, counseling, developmental, social, and school psychologists

8 Lessons in Chapter 1: History of 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.

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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