Why do we call this the book of no assumptions? Why does it matter?
Consider your student population. Now consider how the authors approach these topics. Will this help support your instruction?
- Gender: Extensive coverage of gender roles and gender identity and the increasing diversity of choices men and women can make.
- Culture: No assumptions about readers’ cultural backgrounds or experiences.
- Economics: No references to backyards, summer camp, vacations.
- Education: No assumptions about past or current learning environments; writing is accessible to all.
- Physical Abilities: No assumptions about full vision, hearing, movement.
- Life Experiences: Examples are included from urban, suburban, and rural/outdoor settings.
Features make this text a favorite for students—The Personal Approach:
- The Authors’ voices. Students connect with this book on a personal level and show it by sending the authors unsolicited fan mail almost weekly.
- *Design and appeal. The look of this book is intentionally designed to represent a little magazine, a little webpage, or a little blog. The goal is to encourage students to read and connect with the content.
- Relevance. Through personal stories, the authors invite students to apply the content and concepts to their own lives.
Features make this text a favorite for teachers—The Eight Guiding Principles:
- To teach critical thinking.
- To integrate principles and applications.
- To reinforce learning at every step.
- To exemplify the process of inquiry.
- To be as up-to-date as possible.
- To put facts in the service of concepts.
- To enhance comprehension by providing continuity.
- To convey respect for human unity and diversity.
NEW TO THIS EDITION
New research. The authors’ ongoing scrutiny of dozens of scientific periodicals and science news sources, enhanced by commissioned reviews and countless e-mails from instructors and students, enables integrating our field’s most important, thought-provoking, and student-relevant new discoveries. The authors say, “Part of the pleasure that sustains this work is learning something new every day!”
“Thinking Critically About” Infographics. The authors worked with an artist to create infographic critical thinking features (In many cases, these new infographics replace a more static boxed essay from the previous edition). Several dozen instructors reviewed this feature, often sharing it with their students, and they were unanimously supportive. Students enjoy this visual tool for thinking critically about key psychological concepts (parenting styles, gender bias, group polarization, introversion, lifestyle changes, and more).
“Assess Your Strengths” Activities in LaunchPad. With the significantly revised Assess Your Strengths activities, students apply what they are learning from the text to their own lives and experiences by considering key “strengths.” For each of these activities, we [DM and ND] start by offering a personalized video introduction, explaining how that strength ties in to the content of the chapter. Next, we ask students to assess themselves on the strength (critical thinking, quality of sleep, self-control, relationship-building, healthy belonging, hope, and more) using scales developed by researchers across psychological science. After showing students their results, we offer tips for nurturing that strength in students’ own lives. Finally, students take a quiz to help solidify their learning.
“Immersive Learning: How Would You Know?” Research Activities in LaunchPad. The authors created these online activities to engage students in the scientific process, showing them how psychological research begins with a question, and how key decision points can alter the meaning and value of a psychological study. In a fun, interactive environment, students learn about important aspects of research design and interpretation, and develop scientific literacy and critical thinking skills in the process. Author Nathan DeWall enjoyed taking the lead on this project and sharing my research experience and enthusiasm with students.