What is it about?

The American Psychological Association’s Introductory Psychology Initiative (IPI) Teacher Training and Development Team of provides models that will enable both novice and experienced instructors to integrate IPI’s student learning outcomes, with examples of assignments that instructors can adopt immediately. Concrete examples will help Introductory Psychology instructors find practical ways to enhance their teaching and to help their students achieve greater success in learning both the skills and content of psychological science. We also offer ways that chairs, developers, and course administrators can support the instructors teaching in their institutions in aligning their courses with these objectives. And we provide broader recommendations for training and professional development that will enable Introductory Psychology instructors to maintain and expand course changes over time.

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Why is it important?

The future of the Introductory Psychology course rests on the ability of its instructors to teach in ways aligned with our field’s learning objectives, using evidence-based practices to engage and inspire their students.


Teaching Introductory Psychology is difficult. Our team provides the support instructors need to succeed in their classrooms, with special help for both experienced instructors and those just starting out.

William Altman
Broome Community College

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This page is a summary of: Reimagining how we teach introductory psychology: Support for instructors adopting the recommendations of the APA Introductory Psychology Initiative., Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, September 2021, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/stl0000289.
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