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Author Kellgren, Janis Lynn
Title The terminology of introductory psychology: An analysis of introductory psychology textbook glossaries
Descript 405 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 53-08, Section: B, page: 4354
Chairperson: F. J. McGuigan
Thesis (Ph.D.)--United States International University, 1993
The problem. The purpose of this study was to identify the terms which represent what is being taught in the Introductory Psychology course
Method. The glossaries of a sample of textbooks published between 1985 and 1989 were analyzed to determine which terms were stressed. Terms which appeared in 40% or more of the glossaries (20 or more of the fifty texts) were included in the listing
Results. A total of 8,225 different terms were listed in the fifty texts. Only 408 of them were used in 20 or more texts. No single term was used in all texts; the vast majority were used in only one or two. The listing has served four functions enumerated in this study. (1) It as provided an alternative means of textbook evaluation. (2) It has equipped instructors of the course with a tool for assessing their course objectives; as well, it has provided to students a tool for review. (3) It has facilitated future research by identifying both the means for determining trends within the field of psychology and suspected developments over the past years worthy of confirmation. (4) It has specified individual terms which could be investigated thoroughly as to definition and accuracy
School code: 0239
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 53-08B
Subject Psychology, General
Education, Higher
Language, Modern
Alt Author United States International University
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