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Dear Instructor:

This instructors guide was created by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) in the hopes that more teachers of psychology might introduce Industrial-Organizational (I-O) psychology to their students. Interest in I-O psychology has grown among students, yet relatively few introductory psychology textbooks cover the topic. Therefore, we have designed modules that will complement many of the other topics you might cover in your course. 

I-O psychology entails the application of psychological concepts to work settings. This guide begins with a short introductory lecture segment providing an overview of I-O psychology that serves as a lead-in to any of the 14 modules. For each module we've included a sample lecture (in PowerPoint), an activity and/or discussion to supplement the lecture material, and background information and key references for the topic area. The PowerPoint overheads also include notes to help with the material (you'll need to print out overheads as Note Pages for this information). The files are available by accessing the SIOP homepage at www.siop.org/Instruct/inGuide.aspx.

The goal of each module is to address key themes/goals in I-O psychology:

  1. I-O psychologists help employers deal with employees fairly.
  2. I-O psychologists help make jobs more interesting and satisfying.
  3. I-O psychologists help workers be more productive.

After using the modules, please take a moment to complete our online survey.  Results will be used to improve and develop modules.

We hope that you will discuss I-O psychology with your students. We also hope that weve provided you with the materials you need to make that discussion an easy, interesting, and informative one.  Best of luck!


Todd C. Harris

SIOP Education and Training Committee
(617) 290-5686

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