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Social Psychology, 11th Edition

Reflecting your students and their world.
How many of the students in your Social Psychology course are Psychology majors? Business? Sociology? Education? In the 11th edition of Social Psychology, David Myers once again weaves an inviting and compelling narrative that speaks to ALL of your students regardless of background or intended major. And with Connect Social Psychology and LearnSmart, students are able to create a personalized learning plan helping them be more efficient and effective learners. With LearnSmart, students know what they know and master what they don’t know and faculty are able to move to more in-depth classroom discussions.

Through examples and applications as well as marginal quotations from across the breadth of the liberal arts and sciences, Myers draws students into the field of social psychology.

At the same time, Myers is also in tune with the ever-changing state of social psychology research. Research Close-Up and Inside Story features throughout the book provide deeper exposure to key research and researchers. Marginal quotations, examples and applications throughout each chapter, and the concluding “Applying Social Psychology” chapters all ensure that regardless of your students’ interests and future plans, Social Psychology will engage them. This 11th edition also features the contributions of Jean Twenge, author of Generation Me and The Narcissism Epidemic, further bolstering the direct connection to today’s students.

About the Author

David Myers is the John Dirk Werkman Professor of Psychology at Hope College where he has taught for the past 30 years. David Myers’ love of teaching psychology has been rewarded by students on many occasions with numerous “Outstanding Professor” awards. An award-winning researcher, Dr. Myers received the Gordon Allport Prize from Division 9 of the American Psychological Association for his work on group polarization. His scientific articles have appeared in more than two dozen journals, including Science, American Scientist, Psychological Bulletin, and Psychological Science. He has served his discipline as consulting editor to the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

The 9th, 10th and 11th editions of this incredible textbook are all unexpected gems, particularly for self study. I’m an Engineer and in addition to robotics in the classroom, I design educational animations around various math, chemistry, physics, etc. formulas.

The astonishing thing about this textbook is that, although it is purportedly a Social Psych text, the pedagogy is centered around intelligent learners – students (frankly, I also look at this from the viewpoint of AI!) designing, testing and implementing their own learning strategies. Again unabashedly, it outshines MANY if not MOST Educational Psych and Instructional Design texts from this viewpoint alone!

Now the bad stuff. Like many publishers, new editions are regularly churned out, and students pay the price. As I evaluated the 10th vs. 11th editions side by side, I can’t sincerely agree with reviewers who dismiss this new fine gem offhand as “the same.” It simply ISN’T if you check the references, studies and bib, There are NUMEROUS updates with more current research, and many new web resources.

But the big BUT. Although the differences are far from cosmetic, they ARE generally academic. The next dimension is to take them in the context of price, where you can get a like new/ good used 10th for 10 bucks US vs. paying $130 to $180 for EITHER 10th or 11th new!!! I don’t know about you, but I’m on a budget, and that is far from a trivial difference in price. In fact, I think I can say without exaggeration that it might be a buy/don’t buy deal breaker for autodidacts.

SO, if you MUST use this as a class requirement, I’ve seen them selling back on instant book cash dot com and amazon buy backs – credits for a good (70 to 90%) recoup, and the material is the best you can buy. However, if you HAVE a choice, I unhesitatingly recommend the 10 edition instead, from an Amazon or Abe books third party, especially for self study. For requirements, there also is the rental option in addition to the sell backs.

NOTE: I would expand the potential audience for either of these outstanding editions to ANYONE with an interest in online or classroom education and tutorials. The pedagogic material is so well done, you can use it as an instructional design template for MANY of your other topics, as I do in my limited case of learning STEM via animation and robotics. Highly Recommended with above constraints! You can’t go wrong with either, let your budget be your guide!

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Product Details :

  • Hardcover: 768 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 11 edition (July 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0078035295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0078035296
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.4 x 1 inches

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