College Preparatory Psychology

East Windsor High School Mission Statement

Approved Nov. 2008

East Windsor High School is a learning community composed of students, parents, faculty, support staff, and administrators who are in a partnership with caregivers and the community at large. This diverse and changing community will provide a safe and secure learning environment that promotes lifelong learning for all studentsEast Windsor High School will facilitate academic achievement and acquisition of knowledge and skills for future endeavors and develop an appreciation of the arts.  Students will respect themselves and others, lead healthy lifestyles, and become responsible citizens, problem solvers, and effective communicators while making positive contributions to society.

We can learn from history how past generations thought and acted, how they responded to the demands of their time and how they solved their problems. We can learn by analogy, not by example, for our circumstances will always be different than theirs were. The main thing history can teach us is that human actions have consequences and that certain choices, once made, cannot be undone.

Gerda Lerner

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the study of the behavior of the individual.  Psychology as a behavioral science with emphasis on its theoretical aspects will be covered in semester one.  The major facts and principles of individual behavior will be studied through in-depth examination of principles of the brain, learning, and the major schools of thought within the discipline.  The second semester emphasizes the applied aspects of psychology concentrating on developmental psychology and mental illness.

Textbooks

Understanding Psychology, Kasschau