Kristin H. Whitlock and Garth Neufeld
Given the importance of the introductory psychology course, the APA’s Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) formed an Introductory Psychology Initiative (IPI) working group. The IPI working group is taking a focused look at the Introductory Psychology course given the ramifications that course learning outcomes, assessment and design could have for learning, general education, the major and the public face of psychology. This session will introduce participants to the goals of the IPI and will review the Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s) that were recently released by APA. Discussion will focus on ideas of how to implement these SLO’s into the Introductory Psychology curriculum.
About the Presenters
Kristin H. Whitlock has been teaching AP Psychology since 1992. She currently teaches at Davis High School in Kaysville, Utah and is an adjunct psychology instructor at Weber State University. She has wide-ranging experience with the AP Psychology program including serving as a Reader, a Table Leader, a Question Leader over rubric development, and currently as a high school Question Leader. She has also served as a member of the AP Psychology Test Development Committee and as the College Board Advisor. Kristin is the past chair of the American Psychological Association’s Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools and has served as chair of the APA’s National Standards for the Teaching of Psychology Committee, as well as serving on the Steering Committee for the APA’s Summit on High School Psychology Education. She is currently on the Steering Committee of the APA’s Introductory Psychology Initiative. Kristin has authored and co-authored numerous articles and other materials for introductory psychology textbooks, including the upcoming Barron's AP Q&A Psychology: 600 Questions and Answers with Dr. Rob McEntarffer.
Garth Neufeld teaches at Cascadia College in Washington State. He is the
founder of Teaching Introductory Psychology Northwest and the
co-founder of the PsychSessions: Conversations About Teaching N’ Stuff
podcast. Garth is the Director of Regional Conference Programming for
the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and the co-chair of APA’s
Introductory Psychology Initiative. He has served the national teaching
of psychology community through the AP psychology exam reading, APA’s
Summit on the National Assessment of Psychology, and APA’s Summit on
High School Psychology Education. In 2018 Garth was awarded a
presidential citation from the American Psychological Association (APA)
as a Citizen Psychologist for his co-founding and ongoing participation
as president of Shared Space For All, a non-profit organization that
educates and mentors at-risk Thai children toward the prevention of
prostitution. Garth is also the recipient of the 2019 STP Wayne Weiten
Teaching Excellence Award.