A few weeks ago, I asked the readers of this blog for info on their favorite textbooks, but neglected to share my own views about my favorite and current AP Psychology text, Introduction to Psychology: Gateways to Mind and Behavior by Coon and Mitterer, 11th Edition. The publisher is Thomson/Wadsworth. The book has 700 pages including an appendix on statistics.
While there are a few concepts that the book omits, it has really cut down on my handouts--so many things that I used to use as supplements, I now have within the text itself--it's almost as though the authors got inside my head and asked me what I wanted within the text. The arrangement of and coverage of the content is pretty similar to most texts with the text finishing with a chapter on applied psychology.
The level of the text is at a semi-difficult level for my students. My kids range from the college-bound top-ten student to the community college student without the grades to get into a four-year university. Some use it with ease, and others have to work pretty hard to understand it-I have a large range of abilities.
The teacher's ancillaries are weak compared to Myers, but everything is on a few CDs and I can edit at will on the handouts, objectives, vocabulary, etc. The test bank has 200-700 multiple choice questions per chapter, which allows me many options-the test generator is ExamView, which I've grown quite fond of over the years.
I would recommend the text as a reference text for a new teacher, but with the lack of extras, such as the "Bold Manual" that comes with the Myers books, I would say that this is a book for veterans rather than newbies to teaching AP Psych. That said though, I really, really like the book.