Save the best for last? Social psychology taught in introductory psychology courses

Date
2012
Authors
Curtis, Drew A.
Hart, Christian L.
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Publisher
McNeese State University
Abstract

The purpose of the current study was to explore social psychology as it is taught within introductory psychology courses. Sixty syllabi from various educational institutions were randomly selected. Several variables such as the duration and placement of social psychology within introductory psychology courses were examined. Results indicated that social psychology is typically taught in the second half of an introductory psychology course (90.7%) and most lectures occur in the last quarter (51.2%). Results also show that 75% of the syllabi dedicated no more than 3 sessions to social psychology and over half of the courses spend no more than 3 hours teaching social psychology (65%). An argument for covering social psychology earlier in the course is made.

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Article originally published in American Journal of Psychological Research, 8, 21-31. English. Published online 2012. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321110781
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Keywords
Teaching, Courses, Classes, Introductory, Social, Syllabus
Citation
This is the published version of an article that is available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321110781. Recommended citation: Curtis, D. A., & Hart, C. L. (2012). Save the best for last? Social psychology taught in introductory psychology courses. American Journal of Psychological Research, 8, 21-31. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.