Conditions of Use
This OER covers most areas included in a Psychology of Human Relations Course: self-concept, behavior, personality, emotions, perceptions, managing stress, conflict, workplace. It offers a thorough consideration of communication skills, a... read more
This OER covers most areas included in a Psychology of Human Relations Course: self-concept, behavior, personality, emotions, perceptions, managing stress, conflict, workplace. It offers a thorough consideration of communication skills, a noticeable emphasis on cultural awareness, and workplace relations. The textbook lacks content regarding friendship, dating, marriage, parental relationships, and global consciousness, which is frequently part of a human relationship course. The text does not include an index or glossary.
This resource contains accurate, up to date material with high accuracy of information regarding the subject matter introduced.
The relevance of the material is current and ensures longevity of use. It would be advisable to have auxiliary materials such as audio-visuals, real life stories exemplifying the principles and concepts introduced, as well as some opportunities for creative and critical thinking skills.
The content is clear, lucid, and uses terminology very easily understood by the reader.
The format is very consistent and easy to follow. The use of terms, such as self-concept, personality, emotional intelligence, culture and so forth are uniform throughout the textbook. The structure of the assignment portion remains consistent as well: purpose, learning objectives, time needed and instructions.
The content material is arranged with subheadings for all ten chapters. It could easily be rearranged to align with the learning objectives of a course on the Psychology of Human Relations. There are no large blocks of text without subheadings.
The structure has a clear organization and flow to it and could be rearranged according to specific instructional methodology. For example, conflict resolution could be coupled with communication skills; and personality with self-concept. The assessment suggestions and discussion tasks in the appendix align very well with the content material, as do the links to additional resources.
Interface is in tack without distortions of images and charts making for ease in navigation without confusion or distraction. Audio-visuals have not been included in any of the chapters which would greatly enhance the use of this resource.
Correct, accurate grammar is presented throughout the entire text.
The material treats race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, cultural relativism, diversity and equity with great sensitivity. The book includes an entire chapter on cultural diversity, plus a section on culture and personality, intercultural communication, diversity in the workplace and raises awareness of the role of bias in relationships. Examples from other races and ethnicities would add greatly to the topics, but overall outstanding emphasis given to equity, diversity and inclusion.
Power point slide presentations and audio-visuals would greatly enrich the content and learning styles of students taking a college course in human relations.
The references and links to other open publishing articles, as well as surveys that engage students in an activity related to the content are greatly appreciated.
The essay based suggested assignments and discussion questions enhance the material. The author also includes rubrics for consideration.
Overall, this OER furnishes a solid foundation for designing a curriculum for a Psychology of Human Relations College Course or training employees at a Business for success in the workplace.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1: Self-Concept
- Chapter 2: Cultural Diversity
- Chapter 3: Behavioral Change
- Chapter 4: Personality Development
- Chapter 5: Emotions
- Chapter 6: Perception
- Chapter 7: Interpersonal Communication
- Chapter 8: Stress
- Chapter 9: Conflict Resolution
- Chapter 10: Workplace Success
- Appendix A: Assignments
- Appendix B: Discussions
About the Book
Understanding human relations is a valuable skill for anyone entering into the job market. The aim of this textbook is to aid readers in understanding their own behaviors and the behaviors of others with the intent of engaging in positive interactions in personal and professional spaces.
About the Contributors
Stevy Scarbrough, Umpqua Community College