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date: 21 October 2019

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This article discusses the history of teaching psychology in America and the changes in the undergraduate curriculum over time. It begins by tracing developments in the teaching of the new psychology in the decades around the turn of the twentieth century. More specifically, it examines the practices, concerns, and advice of America’s first generation of psychologists, and how they worked with other disciplines such as philosophy. It also considers the efforts of these psychologists to establish the independence of their discipline by developing a curriculum that reflected their new identity. In addition, the article looks at the textbooks published in the final decades of the nineteenth century and early decades of the twentieth century, along with the lecture as the primary method of instruction in psychology. Finally, it highlights some of the important findings of a study carried out by the American Psychological Association to review the status of the teaching of psychology in the country.

Keywords: Teaching, Psychology, America, Curriculum, Psychologists, Textbooks, Lecture, American Psychological Association

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