This site is a collection of links providing a variety of information on the study of personality, and originated as a resource for a course called "Great Ideas in Personality." The viewer chooses whether to connect with general, student, professional, research, and other information relating to personality. Each area provides links and encompasses biological as well as environmental factors of personality development and pathology. Numerous theories are presented, but it should be noted to students using the site that they are the interpretation of this particular author and that others may view the theories differently. Non-professional viewers who choose not to read the entire site are cautioned not to confuse specific information with DSM-IV-TR diagnoses. Also note that many of the provided links are dead and student papers are presented as source material. This site can be confusing but can be useful as a resource for students studying personality.
Type of Material:
Type of Material: The author categorizes this site as a tutorial but it is a collection.
Technical Requirements: None noted
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Learning Goal: To provide information on personality and much more (e.g., how to write an APA paper or manuscript and public speaking).
Type of Learning Process: This site has some study questions, but is an overwhelming collection of information that provides no direction as to how to process the material. The site has the potential for encouraging critical skills through comparison of personality development ideology, and could be used in the development of assignments.
Target Student Population:
Target Student Population: Upper division college students enrolled in a personality course.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: An understanding of psychology and a well-developed vocabulary
This site conveys a good, general base for personality theory and research, and contains some excellent links.
It should be emphasized that this site is a resource, not a tutorial, and is, therefore, not designed for movement through it in an organized fashion. And it is not intended as a resource for those with an interest in personality disorders.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This site can be of use once a desired topic is located. Instructors can integrate this material into a number of psychology, counseling, or possibly sociology courses, including theory and diagnosis. Examples of web projects, which can be used as class assignments, are provided.
The presentation of opposing views provides a good opportunity to challenge students to think. Additionally, instructors can readily incorporate parts of this site into a variety of learning modes.
Due to the way in which the site is organized, supplementary materials or instruction are needed to guide students as to the accurate and/or responsible use of the material on the site. It is not recommended to set students loose on this site without instruction.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
If instructors and/or students are willing to locate the relevant information on personality that they are needing, this site can be useful. No special technical skills are needed to utilize this site.
Some may find the site difficult to navigate
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