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Synopsis: When we began work on the first edition of this textbook in the mid-1980s, we had five goals, some of which then were considered quite daring: (1) to make critical thinking integral to the introductory psychology course; (2) to represent psychology as the study of all human beings by mainstreaming research on culture and gender; (3) to foster active learning, so that students would become involved with the material and see how it applies to their personal and social lives; (4) to keep "ahead of the curve" with research as psychology moves in new directions; and (5) to acknowledge forthrightly the many controversies in the field. THINKING ABOUT CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING Our first ambition, unique to textbooks at the time, was to get students to reflect on what they were learning--to show them what it is like to think like a psychologist. Psychology is not just a body of knowledge; it is also a way of approaching and analyzing the world. From the beginning, therefore, our approach has been based on critical thinking: the understanding that knowledge is advanced when people resist leaping to conclusions on the basis of personal experience alone (so tempting in psychological matters), when they apply rigorous standards of evidence, and when they listen to competing views. Because many students equate the word "critical" with "negative" (as in "He was critical of her dress"), we later added an emphasis on the creative, forward-moving aspects of critical thinking-the importance of generating alternative explanations of events, asking questions, and using one's imagination etc..
Title: Psychology (Fifth Custom Edition for the ...
Publication Date: 2011
Book Condition: Good
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