Introduction to Psychology (University of Saskatchewan)
Posted: July 17, 2019 | Updated: October 1, 2021
Author: Jorden A. Cummings, Lee Sanders; University of Saskatchewan
This introductory text has been created from a combination of original content and materials compiled and adapted from a number of open text publications, including Introduction to Psychology – 1st Canadian Edition (Stangor & Wallinga, 2014), the Noba Project, and Research Methods in Psychology – 3rd American Edition (Price, Jhangiani, Chiang, Leighton, & Cuttler, 2017). This version of the text includes a Key Terms list for each chapter, an expanded glossary, and H5P chapter self-tests.
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4.8 / 5
Q: The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary
The text covers all relevant areas that are likely to be covered by an Introduction to Psychology course. Some issues are not covered in too much details and would require the assistance of a teacher for a student fully grasp the concepts. For example, Jungian psychology is described with definitions for key terms and a student may not be able to fully grasp his system of thinking from these alone. Descriptions of language processing is also very brief and there may have been a lost opportunity here to discuss some indigenous languages and their properties as compared to English. The glossary is well organized with all key terms having short descriptions.
Comprehensiveness Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased
Content is error free. Not all issues have been discussed to the same level of detail but is appropriate for a guided first year course.
Diagrams are excellent and used appropriately to illustrate key concepts and processes. Supplementary material is very good. the use of QR codes to access some of the material is a good idea when using a hardcopy. All material is of high quality except for a few low resolution graphics (e.g., Table 12.3).
Content Accuracy Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement
Content is very up-to-date and most of the information will not be obsolete any time soon. The material is arranged in such as way that it would be relatively easy to add additional material for future updates.
Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used
The writing is accessible and easily understandable. Most of the writing provides adequate context for students to understand the key terms. Some explanations (such as Freudian and Jungian ideas) are not explained in sufficient context for a student to grasp the ideas without help from a teacher. However, given the breadth of these issues, the material in the book is enough to gain some preliminary understanding of the subject.
Clarity Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework
The text is internally consistent in terms of technical terms and framework. Color-coding key segments such as key takeaways, learning objectives, external resources and research findings is very helpful and used consistently throughout the book.
Consistency Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.
The text is very well organized into divisible sub-units. This is very helpful as most Universities offer Introduction to Psychology as two sections divided within the same textbook. Some of the chapter combinations (such as Intelligence and Language) tend to be weighted more towards one of the topics and could be expanded further. However, this is only the case for a couple of chapters and the rest is very well organized.
Modularity Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion
The topics are presented logically. The structure is clear and easy to understand. Key sections such as learning objectives and key concepts have their own color code. Important terms are given in bold to highlight them for the reader.
Organization Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader
There are no significant interface issues. Almost all graphics are of high resolution except for a few low resolution images (e.g., Table 12.3). Diagrams and charts are very good and do not have any display features that are distracting or confusing for the reader. Navigating through the text is easy and there is a logical flow.
Interface Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text contains no grammatical errors
There are no noticeable grammatical or spelling errors.
Grammar Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds
There is a clear indication of diversity and inclusion regarding culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and age. There is a specific chapter on culture and cross-cultural research methods. There appears to be a lost opportunity in the discussion of language to discuss linguistic diversity and bring in ideas about indigenous languages (although there is some discussion on the cognitive advantages of bilingualism). There are no examples of a topic being handled in a insensitive or offensive manner.
Cultural Relevance Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: Are there any other comments you would like to make about this book, for example, its appropriateness in a Canadian context or specific updates you think need to be made?
I would highly recommend this book for an Introduction to Psychology course. It includes a lot of supplementary material that is very helpful and would enhance a course's value to the students.