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The Psychology Major: Career Options and Strategies for Success (3rd Edition) 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0131987517
ISBN-10: 0131987518
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Landrum/Davis provides strategies for success that will allow students to achieve their career goals, whatever they may be. The authors provide fundamental tips and advice that can be useful to allstudents, but especially useful for psychology majors.

 

The approach of this book is applied—to provide students with practical, timely, up-to-date information. This text standardizes and catalogs much of the practical advice that professors often give to students—providing tips on how to do well in all classes, how to find research ideas, and how to write papers in APA format. Also, the book contains up-to-date career information that faculty might not normally have at their fingertips, including the latest salary figures for a number of psychology-related jobs and occupations. Other benefits include the coverage of ethics for undergraduate students, sections on self-reflection, and an overview of disciplines related to psychology.

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About the Author

 

Dr. R. Eric Landrum received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology with an emphasis in Quantitative Methodology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1989, and joined the Boise State University Psychology Department in 1992. He served as Chair of the Psychology Department from 1996-2000. For the 2005-2006 academic year, he served as the Interim Chair of the Psychology Department.  The general trend underlying Dr. Landrum's research centers on college student success. How can we best create a teaching and learning environment that allows students to achieve their academic goals? Much of this work involves the development of survey and questionnaire instruments to measure behavioral outcomes--involving good theoretical design of instruments, establishment of validity and reliability, and other measurement operations.

 

 

Stephen F. Davis is Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. Currently he is Visiting Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Texas Wesleyan University and Distinguished Guest Professor at Morningside College. In 2002—2003 he was the Knapp Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from Southern Methodist University and his PhD in experimental psychology from Texas Christian University. In 2007 he was awarded the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Morningside College.  His research, which always includes student assistants, has investigated such diverse topics as academic dishonesty, learning versus grade orientation of students, Type A personality, the Impostor Phenomenon, and the behavioral effects of ingesting toxic metals. He is the author of more than 300 journal articles, 31 books, and more than 900 convention presentations.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 3 edition (March 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131987518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131987517
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,684,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just changed my major to psychology at the end of last spring. My program requires a Career Planning course for psychology, this is my first semester of junior year. The course partnered with this book was a nice intervention. This is not a huge book, one could probably read it in one sitting. There is a lot of useful information about fields in psychology, graduate admissions, and multiple chapters on areas of undergraduate involvement that will make for a competitive student applying to grad school or for getting the most out of your undergrad experience in general. I liked the chapter on APA format, it is laid out very nicely. I have been raised in MLA format since frashman year in highschool, so has not been the easiest transition. I hear a lot of "students need to be doing x, y, z" to get into grad school, this book puts these things in perspective. I have followed a lot of the advice given in this book, like becoming involved with research, and I am getting more out of my classes and achieving better grades.
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I have read many on career options with a psychology major but this book by far is probably the most undergraduate of all. It is basically a fill-in guide line as to what you should do with a psychology major but I am still confused as the book is so general that is assumes that the process is the same for all psychology-major professions that are available. First it tells you your options with a bachelor's degree, then it goes on to master's and doctorals. And then the strategies for success is followed by how to get into master's and doctorals with pages continued by how to study effectively.
I believe the subtitle is very misleading as it does not give any in-depth information on the different fields and areas of psychology professions that are curretly available. It does though, have a list of possible career options and a 1-2 sentence description as to what you could do but that certainly does not define everything for that specific job-title. I feel the book is made for over-achieving high schoolers who believe if they follow everything that is written in the book, they automatically have a success story - which is not true.
If you're looking on a guidance book on how to survive through uni to obtain a bachelor's in psychology, or a book you can read so you have some kind of idea as to why you're majoring in psychology when someone asks you, then this might be it but there are definately other more thorough books out there if you're looking to read about psychology, not 'how to get in and have a basic idea'.
On the up-side, it can be very interactive.
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I dropped the class so stopped reading the book, but I recall it being laid out extremely well and offering practical information, as well as suggestions about the psychology major, career ideas, and educational goals.
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I am using this book for Pathways in Psychology and the appropriate measures that are involved. I have a similar book that I read before this one which is The Psychology Major's Handbook by Kuther which reviews the same material in a different way. This is a good source for anyone thinking of becoming a psychology major and what avenues there are to certain professions within the field. It's written in a universal style so that anyone can read it and understand it, which is great.
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I wasn't quite looking forward to Child Psychopathology, but this book was well written. It covered a multitude of topics using comprehensive research. In my senior year of psychology, I tend to read the same things over and over, but I learned many new and interesting things in my class with this book. This is an excellent resource.
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I took the class from Eric Laundrum and used the book for his class.It is one of the best classes I have taken. It is a great book because it helps you understand the different paths you could follow in the psychology profession. It also helps with knowing, that the path can be too long for some people.
The book has strategies about how to get into graduate school following to have a career in psychology.
The book is simple and to the point. Not Phd. non sense....
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By alice87 on December 30, 2010
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Boos is fabulous. Will guide you through admission process and after that. It is written in a clear, consistent, understandable way. A lot of examples. A lot of schools, career opportunities discussed. It helped me with admission process very much.
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Good Book for people entering the Major but for those already pursuing the degree, not as informative about the different avenues you can use your degree. The tips for how to apply for applications are very helpful however so not a bad investment
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