Self-Guided Tour:  Blair-Broeker, Thinking About Psychology, 4e

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Written by a distinguished team of teachers, this fourth edition of Thinking About Psychology reflects up-to-date DSM-5 content and research, emphasizes psychology as a science, answers goal-oriented guiding questions, and provides a vast amount of assessment opportunities for students to regularly test their understanding.


Students are sure to be engrossed by the engaging and conversational tone of authors Charlie Blair-Broeker and Randy Ernst, who have a combined 54 years of high school teaching experience and have led Psychology workshops in more than 30 states!



Addresses the National Standards: Organized around the 2011 version of the National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula, Thinking About Psychology's 37 modules align with the disciplines benchmarks and objectives, unlike any other text.


Modular Approach: The book is structured into modules which are shorter than chapters and better sustain student understanding and interest while providing more flexibility for teachers. Domains are divided into 3 to 7 modules each, for a total of 37 modules.


New! Module 1: This new Module introduces the book by bringing psychology's everyday applications to life through the eleven overarching themes of the discipline, as outlined by the APA National Standards. This new module also provides the rationale behind the organization of the text while providing a brief overview of what's to come in each Domain.


Learning Goals: The numbering system of the Learning Goals is key to the organization of the text. The Learning Goals appear in statement form at the beginning of each module to help orient students to the material they are about to read. These clear and measurable Learning Goals provide students with a preview of the section material while allowing them to check off each objective as they master it. The objectives are repeated in an engaging question from within the module and then used at the end of each module for review.


Boxes: Boxed features throughout the text provide expanded coverage, motivate introspection, and encourage scientific reasoning:


  • Psychology in the Real World boxes help students apply psychological research to their everyday world. Topics include detecting lies, managing anger, groupthink, and many others.



  • Thinking Like a Psychological Scientist boxes show how scientific methods are applied to psychological topics. Examples include closer looks at the brain and animal language.



New! Make It Stick!: This new feature, which replaces Before You Move On from the third edition, is comprised of 2-5 questions at the end of each Learning Goal section. The questions are either multiple-choice, true/false, or fill-in-the-blank and are intended to assess students understanding of the content they've just read. Answers to these questions can be found in the Teachers Edition.

New! Think About Questions: Each boxed feature in the text is now paired with three open-ended, short-answer questions to consider about the features content. Answers to these questions can be found in the Teachers Edition.


New! Life Matters: This new margin feature brings additional focus to specific content on the page by demonstrating its relevance to students' everyday lives.


New! Summative Assessment questions: Ten new multiple-choice questions have been added to the end of each module. The questions are cumulative in nature and address content areas covered throughout the module. With more than 300 new questions in the book, students will have plenty of opportunities to test themselves on the modules content. Answers to these questions can be found in the back of the book.


New! Positive Psychology: The Thinking About Positive Psychology boxes from the third edition have been converted into the text. In order to highlight this significant and trending area of psychology, we've introduced a positive psychology icon to draw attention to all such relevant content.


New! Labs: Affirming the belief that psychology is a science, this fourth edition offers Labs within each Domain. Found in the Teachers Resource Materials and authored by Stephen Foley from The Linsly School, each lab is written with the consideration of common, available resources and can be completed within a 50-minute class period.


On-Page Features:

Margin Glossary: Important terms are defined in the margins for easy reference. For a quick review, terms are also listed at the end of each module with reference to the page on which the term was introduced.


Key People: Contributions of key psychologists are listed on the page where the person is first introduced. For a quick review, key people are also listed at the end of each module with reference to the page on which the term was introduced.


Online Feature:

New! LearningCurve: This online learning tool helps students rehearse content at their own pace in a non-threatening, game-like environment. The feedback for wrong answers provides instructional coaching and sends students back to the book for review. When LearningCurve is assigned, students come to class better prepared!