Teaching Developmental Psychology

Instructors can submit a resource to help others make their classes as engaging and thought provoking as possible.

What kinds of teaching resources can I submit? The goal of devpsy.org is to provide resources that help make Developmental Psychology classes as engaging and thought provoking as possible. Submissions can include anything from full class-period lesson-plans to 'snippets' that illustrate a concept within a longer lesson plan. Submissions can be also include: guides for running a class discussion on a topic, figures for explaning complex ideas, classroom activities, or assignments.

How do I submit a resource I created? Just send an e-mail to me at   k h g @ d e v p s y . o r g   (remove the excess spaces). Include the following:

How should I format submissions Ideally, please submit all text in text-only files (e.g., MS Word saved as "text only", notepad (PC), simple-text (Mac)) and figures in standard image formates (e.g., jpg, gif). Whenever possible, please do not submit web pages, Word Perfect documents, or images of text (e.g., scanning in paragraphs). Please also send any additional materials that could help others use your lesson plan (e.g., journal articles, handouts, power-point slides). It is okay to submit the same things in multiple formats; just let me know in your email message. I will format your submission into a web-page. When I do this, I take steps to make sure it is accessible to persons with disabilities. I also format every page in this site the same way so it is easier for readers to navigate and easier for me to maintain.

What counts as Developmental Psychology? The core of this web-site is Developmental Psychology. Many aspects of Psychology, in general, are taught in the context of teaching Developmental Psychology. For example, research methods topics are certainly worth including on this web-site. Different areas of psychology overlap with Developmental Psychology. For example, an instructor of cognitive psychology could submit a creative way to teach about phonemes and pragmatics so that those teaching developmental psychology can intergrate that idea into a larger lesson about children's language development. Please try to draw this connection explicitly if you submit something on the 'edge' of developmental psychology,

What type of student should lessons address? Lessons can be submitted for teaching Developmental Psychology to anyone from those in: Introductory Psychology, General Developmental Psychology, specialized classes, and graduate seminars. If you have had experience teaching the same thing to students at different levels, you might consider discussing that in your submission. A goal of this site is to help make Developmental Psychology classes as thought-provoking as possible. What you may originally think of as an upper-level activity, might be modified by someone to push lower-level students further into their "Zone of Proximal Development." Alternately, what you may originally think of as thought-provoking for lower-level classes, could be adapted into a quick review in higher-level classes. This is why teaching resources on this web-site are not organized by class level.

What about copyright? Please only submit lesson plan ideas you created. If you have found a great idea that someone else came up with, please ask them to submit the resource. When you submit a resource, you are giving me non-exclusive permission to include it on this site. That means I may reprint it and you can submit it elsewhere too. Your submission can contain quotes (e.g., from historical papers), but should not reproduce the original work. If you have a lesson plan which uses a copyrighted resource (e.g., a published paper or excerpts from a publication you prepared), please send me a single copy of the copyrighted resource. Web-site readers can then write either you or me for a single copy of the resource. After an instructor requests a copy, they can make it available to their students in the typically acccepted way professors do this (e.g., on reserve). I am not a lawyer and do not know all the subtlties of copyright law. Please let me know if you feel any of your copyrights have been violated on this site. We can discuss it and I will immediate remove anything that should not be here.

How much time should I spend preparing a teaching resource? Please carefully write your submission and proof-read it. The goal of this site is to bring together high quality resources. At the same time, please do not treat a submission to this site like a submission to a journal. Web-pages can be updated, so you can always send me revisions in the future. This website provides an organized way for Developmental Psychology instructors to exchange ideas. To foster this exchange of ideas, a somewhat refined submission is much better than no submission at all. With this said, final decisions about including a resource are made solely by me. There is no peer-review process. If a submission is too difficult for me to read or understand, I will ask you to rework it and submit it again.

How long will it take before my teaching resource appears? This web-site is a labor of love and is not a job for me. There will be times when I make lots of updates and other times when I have too much other work to do. It is a personal goal of mine to update this site once every 3 months. If more time passes and you have not heard from me, please send me another message to nudge me along.