National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula
    Why Learn About Psychology in High School?

    Most of the challenging problems or otherwise salient issues of our society are linked in part to human attitudes, values, and behavior. Promoting health and safety, learning skills, work productivity, child and adolescent development, and human effectiveness in a world of technology and information are a few examples of such issues. Societal concerns about crime and violence, poverty and prejudice, environmental and consumer issues are yet other examples that directly implicate human thought and behavior. The science of psychology, in collaboration with other scientific fields, is contributing to our understanding of these problems and to their solutions. Thus, as the science of mind and behavior, an introduction to the discipline of psychology should be part of the curriculum for high school students.

    Through the study of scientific psychology, students gain an understanding of the complexities of human thought and behavior, as well as the factors related to the differences between people. Students also gain a basic understanding of the scientific methods that are at the core of the discipline. Students are able to directly apply knowledge gained from a psychology class to their daily lives.

    1. Students will understand the cognitive aspects of psychology

    2. Students will understand the developmental aspects of psychology

    3.  Students will understand the variations in individual and group behavior.

    4. Students will understand the biopsychological aspects of psychology.

    5. Students will understand the methods of psychological research.


    Topics to be covered this semester are:


    I.                  Approaches to Psychology

    a.       people

    b.      theories


    II.               Psychological research

    a.       methods


    III.            Altered states of Consciousness

    a.       Sleep

    b.      Dreaming

    c.       Hypnosis


    IV.            Sensation and Perception

    a.       The senses

    b.      Perception



    V.               Learning: Principles and applications

    a.       Classical conditioning

    b.      Operant conditioning

    c.       Social learning


    VI.            Memory and Thought

    a.       Storing info

    b.      Retrieving info


          VII. Research project