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date: 17 September 2019

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Many teachers of psychology want to improve their skills in order to enhance student learning but they are uncertain how to do so. What qualities make a good or great teacher distinct from the others? This chapter explores attitudes and behaviors that can enhance teaching prowess in and outside of the classroom. The chapter opens by discussing the importance of context and culture, which includes concerns like institution type and mission, the role of teaching and research, and a Lewinian perspective on teacher by situation interactions. The chapter then considers qualities that represent the teaching of psychology as part art, such as mindfulness, flow experiences, under preparation, and the place of instructor values. The next section focuses on the science of teaching by exploring the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and evidence-based teaching (EBT), psychological literacy, and assessment. The chapter concludes by arguing that teaching can be fulfilling to students and teachers, rendering the teaching of psychology to as much a calling as a career.

Keywords: evidence-based teaching, flow, mindfulness, psychological literacy, psychology pedagogy, scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), teaching of psychology, values

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