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Textbook: The Body: A Phenomenological Psychological Perspective

Author: NA
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: Internet for Psychology

Author: Annie Trapp
Textbook URL: http://www.vtstutorials.co.uk/tutorial/psychology
Reviewer: Polly McMahon, PhD, Director Social Services and Gerontology Programs, Spokane Falls Community College
Review Date: February, 2012

internet for psychology chart *Average of all chapters. Maximum rating is 5.0 Reviewer's Comments
This textbook is recommended for introductory students at all levels, and is appropriate for Psychology, Human Services, and Social Services majors. Each section focuses on a specific area of critical social science research, including an overview of what is meant by basic terms and current research dilemmas for Intro students. The text can be broken into small units as needed. It can be utilized as an in-class teaching tool or total online resource. The text requires at least an hour for completion but can be extended or shortened depending on curriculum needs. Note that the material is very UK-centric, but could be easily augmented for a more balanced perspective.

 
Textbook: Intro to Sociology (2009) (Adopted Textbook)

Author: Ron J. Hammond, PhD., and others.
Textbook URL: http://freebooks.uvu.edu/SOC1010/
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: Intro to Sociology (2009)

Author: Ron J. Hammond, PhD., and others.
Textbook URL: http://freebooks.uvu.edu/SOC1010/
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: A Student Friendly Approach (2004)

Author: T.L. Brink, Ph.D., MBA
Textbook URL: http://learnonline.sbccd.cc.ca.us/~tlbrink/F00013204/F00014FDB/
Reviewer: Dr. Gary Popoli - Adjunct Professor of Psychology

psy3 *Average of all chapters. Maximum rating is 5.0 Reviewer's Comments
This is an excellent textbook. It is very well written and includes an inordinate amount of theory, interesting facts, and content. I recommend this book as the primary text to anyone who teaches Psychology. A little more about cognition or cognitive psychology needs to be added with the behaviorist components at the beginning of the book.

 
Textbook: Psychology in the 21st Century

Author: OpenLearn website
Textbook URL: http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2902
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): The Open University
Textbook URL: http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/DD100_8
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 (2009)

Author(s): OpenLearn website
Textbook URL: http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/file.php/4001/formats/print.htm
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.