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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Social Psychology

by Michael Kearl
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Apr 20, 2005 by Psychology
Overview: This site is a component of the broader "A Sociological Tour Through Cyberspace"
created by the author. In this component, the author covers social psychology
from a primarily sociological perspective. The site was created as a companion
piece for a textbook co-written by the author.
Learning Goals: As the author puts it, the site is designed "to inform and to generate
discourse, to enhance information literacy, and to truly be a 'theater of
ideas.'"
Target Student Population: The target population is undergraduate college students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: A course in Introductory Psychology or Introductory Sociology would be helpful.
Type of Material: The site is a collection, providing written material and links to resources
related to social psychology.
Recommended Uses: The material is designed to introduce students to social psychological topics
and provides additional links and resources that further elaborate on those
topics.
Technical Requirements: None.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The content quality of this site is excellent. The author takes a
multidisciplinary approach, focusing on sociological, psychological,
anthropological, and economical perspectives (among others). He also includes a
good deal of historical and cultural information that bears on each topic. The
links are extremely varied and comprehensive.
Concerns: The major disadvantage of a site like this is that, inevitably, some of the
links will go dead. However, this problem is offset by the coverage and variety
of links provided by the author. Even though a few non-working links
occasionally crop up, this is ultimately not frustrating because of the volume
of choices and options available to the user who is interested in finding out
more about a topic.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This site can be a very effective teaching tool. It allows instructors and
students to focus on broad issues as well as more specific topics. Probably the
best use of the site would be for instructors to direct students to the specific
topics. Because of the plethora of excellent links, it provides a portal for
much more specific exploration and study of the topics.
Concerns: As noted, some links were dead. It would also be improved by the inclusion of
thought/discussion questions and/or some form of interactivity.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The site is laid out well and is very easy to use.
Concerns: None.

Other Issues and Comments: