Integrating Aging Topics Into Psychology: A Practical Guide for Teaching Undergraduates

Pages: 237
Item #: 4311252
ISBN: 978-1-55798-970-3
List Price: $19.95
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Copyright: 2003
Format: Softcover
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This edited book provides psychology instructors with practical instruction for integrating aging and adult development topics into their courses. The field of gerontology is one of the fastest growing areas in psychology. However, most undergraduate psychology students are rarely exposed to research and theory about the topic in their core classes. If a course does include the topic, class time spent covering it is typically insignificant. At the same time, most psychology textbooks lack sufficient information or material about aging topics. This inadequate coverage of aging content in psychology courses has created a "learning gap" for students.

In Integrating Aging Topics Into Psychology, leading teacher-scholars provide guidance about aging topics in the core curriculum, as well as in more specialized areas, such as gender and industrial–organizational psychology. The authors not only introduce and discuss different types of aging content but also present methods for organizing and presenting it within the framework of the regular course structure. They provide simple but effective class exercises and direct instructors to useful supplementary resources. Each chapter also includes an annotated bibliography or resource list. This book provides psychology instructors with useful strategies that will help them introduce their students to the key issues about aging and adult development.

Table of Contents


  1. Incorporating Aging Into Psychology Courses: Overview of the Issues
    —John C. Cavanaugh and Susan Krauss Whitbourne
  2. Introductory Psychology
    —Susan Krauss Whitbourne
  3. Neuropsychology: Introducing Aging Into the Study of Brain and Behavior
    —Antonio E. Puente
  4. Using and Conducting Aging Research in Experimental Methods and Statistics Courses
    —Raymond J. Shaw
  5. Integrating Human Aging Into the Undergraduate Sensation and Perception Course
    —Frank Schieber
  6. Incorporating Cognitive Aging Into Cognitive Psychology Courses
    —Anderson D. Smith
  7. Personality Psychology and Aging: Understanding and Integrating Continuity and Change
    —Manfred Diehl
  8. Incorporating Aging Into Undergraduate Social Psychology Courses
    —Karen Kopera-Frye, Richard Wiscott, Dean Blevins, and Ana Begovic
  9. Infusing Aging Content Into Health Psychology Courses
    —Aurora M. Sherman
  10. Abnormal Psychology
    —Daniel L. Segal
  11. Men and Women in Old Age: Incorporating Aging in Psychology of Gender Courses
    —Victoria Hilkevitch Bedford
  12. Completing the Life Cycle: Incorporating Adult Development and Aging Into Life Span Psychology Courses
    —Karen L. Fingerman
  13. Incorporating Aging Into Industrial/Organizational Psychology Courses
    —Harvey L. Sterns, Ana Begovic, and Diane L. Sotnak
  14. Infusing Aging Content Into the Psychology of Death and Dying
    —Bert Hayslip, Jr
  15. The Aging Dimension in Personal Relationships Courses
    —Rosemary Blieszner


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