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Textbook: The Body: A Phenomenological Psychological Perspective

Author: OpenLearn
Textbook URL: http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2841
Reviewer: Chriss Foster, Professor of English and Psychology, Merritt College
Review Date: January 2012

the-body-chart *Average of all chapters. Maximum rating is 5.0 Reviewer's Comments
This textbook is intended for college level instruction and is appropriate for philosophy, psychology and sociology majors. It is not currently recommended as a teaching text. Absent of foundational knowledge, it might leave one confused about phenomenology as a philosophy and as a method for research or therapeutic intervention. Further development is required to render this useful as an adjunct to popular qualitative methods in research, as well as face-to-face psychotherapy. The videos are excellent, as well as the case study. There was just enough text and then interaction to keep a student interested. The organization in terms of presentation was also excellent. The content and context are key shortcomings.

 
Textbook: Introduction to Sociology

Author: Hammand, Cheney, and Pearsey
Textbook URL: http://freesociologybooks.com/Introduction_To_Sociology/01_History_and_Introduction.php
Reviewer: Lisa McDonnell, PhD., JD, Associate Professor of Sociology, St. Petersburg College

psy1 *Average of all chapters. Maximum rating is 5.0 Reviewer's Comments
I adopted this textbook for my classes, thus obviously I recommend it to others. This book is well organized and very easy to understand. The sequencing and flow are great, and includes helpful charts and modern day examples.  It is appropriate for remedial classes as well as community college year 1 and 2 students of all majors. Unfortunately, there is no way to modify this textbook.  The book comes with a test bank for instructors. I personally would like to thank the authors of this book for their hard work on this free online textbook. Their graciousness does not go unnoticed by both students and instructors.

 
Textbook: Introduction to Sociology

Author: Hammand, Cheney, and Pearsey
Textbook URL: http://freesociologybooks.com/Introduction_To_Sociology/01_History_and_Introduction.php
Reviewer: Tonmar Johnson, Professor of Sociology, Solano college

psy2 *Average of all chapters. Maximum rating is 5.0 Reviewer's Comments
I recommend this book as a supplementary text for 1st year college students majoring in sociology or liberal arts.  It is well formatted with chapters in a logical, sequential order, straightforward indexing, and a clear table of contents.  It is easy to read, and not too dull or complex, with good illustrations that relate to the content for better clarification.  I do not recommend it as a primary textbook because much of the material presented is almost too simple and basic.

 
Textbook: Psychology in the 21st Century

Author: OpenLearn
Textbook URL: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/people-politics-law/politics-policy-people/sociology/psychology-the-21st-century/content-section-0
Reviewer: Dr. Gary Popoli, Adjunct Professor of Psychology

psy4 *Average of all chapters. Maximum rating is 5.0 Reviewer's Comments
I would recommend this book as introductory information to a student interested in studying the directions of psychology in the past and where they may be going in the future. It is not a very detailed or cumbersome book but does provide the reader with some very useful information about psychology. My biggest suggestion would be to continue on with the book. This is a very good foundation for a psychology book but needs much more information.

 
Textbook: Reading Evidence

Author(s): OpenLearn
Textbook URL: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/people-politics-law/politics-policy-people/sociology/reading-evidence/content-section-0
Reviewer: Barbara Mauter - Adjunct Instructor, University College / University of Toledo

psy5 *Average of all chapters. Maximum rating is 5.0. Reviewer's Comments
I recommend this book as supplementary material for a social science course. It has very good use of visuals and additional links to further information. It also has good step-by-step assessment of the evidence and how one is to interpret the information presented. The textbook also included exercises to complete, to further understanding.

 
Textbook: Starting With Psychology

Author(s): OpenLearn
Textbook URL: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/health-sports-psychology/psychology/starting-psychology/content-section-0
Reviewer: Dr. Gary Popoli, Adjunct Professor of Psychology

psy6 *Average of all chapters. Maximum rating is 5.0. Reviewer's Comments
I would recommend this book simply as a sort of primer to someone who is thinking about studying psychology. It gives a good perspective of what is covered in psychology and understanding that psychology is not just diagnosing and treating mental illness. It involves understanding behavior and mental processes. This is a very short book but good reading. It gives the reader some very good perspectives as to what psychology entails and explains some of the main topics covered in psychology in addition to some of the contemporary approaches that are used today.