AP Psychology 

On-Line for 2012-2013 School Year

Teacher: Bonnie Gonzalez


Email: gonzo123@dejazzd.com


Registration:  Email me for an application or if you have questions about the class.


Text required: e-text: Exploring Psychology by David Myers (Eighth Edition), or paper text 8th edition, Exploring Psychology by David Myers. New York: Worth Publishers. (The PA Homeschoolers online store sells Exploring Psychology 8th edition for just $74.95 which is $30 below the list price.)


Class fees: $475.00. Cost of the required text is additional.  


Admission Requirements:  Student must be a homeschooling high school student.  High school biology is suggested, but not required.


Tech Requirements: A good computer with antivirus protection and reliable internet access. High speed internet is suggested but not required.


Who should apply: This is a highly interactive class where students are required to participate in weekly discussions regarding research into a variety of topics of interest in the many subfields of psychology. In addition, outside reading from a variety of sources (websites, magazines and books) will be required. Students will be given a supportive, yet challenging learning environment with many opportunities to enhance their understanding of psychological concepts. Both live lectures and lectures in Word will be provided to explain and enhance the subject matter.  Attendance at weekly chats is not mandatory, but strongly encouraged.  These chats will include live lectures, and discussions about relevant topics in psychology.   In addition to tests and quizzes, students will be required to design and perform a research study, write a personality profile and develop a clinical treatment plan.


This class will cover the basics in psychology including the topics of neuroscience, the nature and nurture of development, sensation and perception, the methods of learning, memory, intelligence, motivation and emotion, and a study of personality and psychological disorders.

Since my experience is highly weighted in the field of personality and psychological disorders and the treatment of those disorders, we will be giving special attention to these areas in our class assignments and online discussions.


Students in this class will also be encouraged to participate on our very lively website where they can discuss topics in psychology, post reviews of articles and books, respond to each others essays, and discuss various psychological assessment tools.


The qualified student will spend 5-10 hours per week on this class. This accounts for reading the assigned texts, answering multiple-choice questions, writing essays, discussing class work and participating in the weekly online chat.


Instructor Qualifications: I have 32 years of experience as a counselor in the field of individual, marriage and family counseling where I have had the opportunity not only to explain behaviors, but also to instruct individuals in developing new and more productive behaviors. I also have experience teaching Introductory Psychology and Child Psychology at a local community college, as well as 6 years instructional experience with this online AP Psychology class. I have an M.ED. in Counseling Psychology and B.A. in Psychology both from Temple University.   I have home-schooled my own three children and have spent 8 years teaching in a home-school co-op.


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