APS Support for Teaching Psychological Science

Teaching With APS Journals
APS publishes four highly-regarded journals:

In particular, Current Directions articles are ideally suited for classroom use because theyprovide research reviews in a particular area and written to be widely accessible. High school psychology teachers may access Current Directions free online.
Each PSPI issue is devoted to a single topicof public concern and also written for a broad audience. A recent report, “Learning Styles: Concepts and Evidence,” challenges commonly accepted beliefs about learning styles
Classroom Use
There is no reprint, copyright fee, or permission required for the use of any APS article for any teaching, classroom, or educational activity, provided that no resale occurs
Daily Psychological Science
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Observer Teaching Tips
The Teaching Tips feature in the APS Observer continues to offer readers ideas for improving the teaching experience, hone their skills, and develop as educators.The many expert contributors cover topics across a wide range of teaching areas including conventional classroom problems (e.g., increasing participation), the intersection of research and teaching, and applied learning experiences.Upcoming topics include:
  • Establishing a warm and inviting tone in the course syllabus
  • Offering a careers course in psychology
  • Working with undergraduate research assistants
  • Minimizing risk exposure in applied learning settings
Send Teaching Tips column proposals to Teaching TipsEditor Ray Green.
Teaching of Psychology Discount
Through a special agreement with the Society for theTeaching of Psychology (STP) APS Members can subscribe to the quarterly journal Teaching of Psychology for just $25 (regular rate: $48) and receive a complimentary one-year membership in STP.
Subscribe when you renew your APS Membership or call (202) 293-9300.
One of APS’s founding principles is a dedication to supporting the teaching of psychological science.Following is an overview of APS-sponsored teaching activities.
APS Fund for Teaching and PublicUnderstanding of Psychological Science
Through a generous endowment from the David & Carol Myers Foundation, the APS Fundfor Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science supports a number ofinitiatives, including
Focus on Teaching at the APS Convention
APS and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) co-sponsor the annual day-long Teaching Institute before each APS Convention featuring workshops, concurrent sessions, and plenary talks with content updates and methods to deliver psychology course material. 2010 Institute speakers included Joshua Aronson, John Ruscio, and Robert Sternberg.
 2011 Speaker Nominations
STP also sponsors several teaching-related talks during the APS Convention. Nominate speakers for the 2011 APS Convention and APS-STP Teaching Institute in Washington, DC, USA (May 25-29) by contacting Tracy E. Zinn
National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology
Each year, participants at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology(NITOP) engage teaching-related topics across the full range of psychological science, keeping educators up-to-date on the discipline’s most recent discoveries, developments, and innovative ways to teach psychological science.
Speakers for the January 2011 meeting includeRobert Bjork, Richard Bootzin,Alice Eagly, Paul Ekman, Martha Farah, Frances Champagne,and Larry Hubert.
APS Members receive a discount on conference registration.
Videos for the Classroom
APS is developing a collection of videos — including interviews with leading researchers, talks, and discussions of journal articles — which can be used in the classroom, at no charge. Videos currently available include: