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Psychology in Society - Middle School Elective (Part 2 of 4)

In this 6-week course, learners will continue their study of psychology by exploring development across the lifespan, learning, language development, and social psychology.
April Williamson
36 total reviews for this teacher
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55 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 6 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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This class is guided by the following APA National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula. Since it has been designed for learners age 11-14, some standards will be covered without the depth of a high school course and some standards have been omitted to keep the content appropriate for the age group.  

Development and Learning Domain:
~ Lifespan Development
--- Methods and issues in life span development 
1.1 Explain the interaction of environmental and biological factors in development, including the role of the brain in all aspects of development
1.2 Explain issues of continuity/discontinuity and stability/change
1.3 Distinguish methods used to study development
1.4 Describe the role of sensitive and critical periods in development
1.5 Discuss issues related to the end of life
--- Theories of life span development
2.1 Discuss theories of cognitive development
2.2 Discuss theories of moral development
2.3 Discuss theories of social development
--- Prenatal development and the newborn 
3.1 Describe physical development from conception through birth and identify influences on prenatal development
3.2 Describe newborns’ reflexes, temperament, and abilities
--- Infancy (i.e., the first two years of life) 
4.1 Describe physical and motor development
4.2 Describe how infant perceptual abilities and intelligence develop
4.3 Describe the development of attachment and the role of the caregiver
4.4 Describe the development of communication and language
--- Childhood
5.1 Describe physical and motor development
5.2 Describe how memory and thinking ability develops
5.3 Describe social, cultural, and emotional development through childhood
--- Adolescence
6.1 Identify major physical changes
6.2 Describe the development of reasoning and morality
6.3 Describe identity formation
6.4 Discuss the role of family and peers in adolescent development
--- Adulthood and aging 
7.1 Identify major physical changes associated with adulthood and aging
7.2 Describe cognitive changes in adulthood and aging
7.3 Discuss social, cultural, and emotional issues in aging
~ Learning 
--- Classical conditioning 
1.1 Describe the principles of classical conditioning
1.2 Describe clinical and experimental examples of classical conditioning
1.3 Apply classical conditioning to everyday life
--- Operant conditioning 
2.1 Describe the Law of Effect
2.2 Describe the principles of operant conditioning
2.3 Describe clinical and experimental examples of operant conditioning
2.4 Apply operant conditioning to everyday life
--- Observational and cognitive learning 
3.1 Describe the principles of observational and cognitive learning
3.2 Apply observational and cognitive learning to everyday life
~ Language Development 
--- Structural features of language 
1.1 Describe the structure and function of language
1.2 Discuss the relationship between language and thought
--- Theories and developmental stages of language acquisition
2.1 Explain the process of language acquisition
2.2 Discuss how acquisition of a second language can affect language development and possibly other cognitive processes
2.3 Evaluate the theories of language acquisition
--- Language and the brain 
3.1 Identify the brain structures associated with language
3.2 Discuss how damage to the brain may affect language

Sociocultural Context Domain: 
~ Social Interactions 
--- Social cognition
1.1 Describe attributional explanations of behavior
1.2 Describe the relationship between attitudes (implicit and explicit) and behavior
1.3 Identify persuasive methods used to change attitudes
--- Social influence 
2.1 Describe the power of the situation
2.2 Describe effects of others’ presence on individuals’ behavior
2.3 Describe how group dynamics influence behavior
2.4 Discuss how an individual influences group behavior
I have a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Master's in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) and have taught year-long high school psychology classes since 2014. I'm also a Nearpod Certified Educator. 
There will be extension activities each week. 
Note-taking handouts will be provided throughout the course.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
A letter grade can be provided upon request prior to the start of the course. 
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
This class uses Nearpod interactive slides which provide learners with the opportunity to draw and type on slides, answer polls, manipulate drag and drop slides, and more. A Nearpod link will be shared at the beginning of each class. Nearpod does not require users to make an account. 


April Williamson
Lives in the United States
High School English and Psychology Teacher
36 total reviews
69 completed classes

About Me

Hello! I have taught secondary English, psychology, and social-emotional learning since 2013, working in California, Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Japan. I've taught at educational summer camps and in public and charter schools. I've... 
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