How do the key terms in the revised framework give teachers more clarity for lesson planning?

  • The revised framework includes specific terminology in the Essential Knowledge statements, making the revised framework more focused than the current one. 
  • The revised course framework provides greater clarity for teachers and students about what concepts are considered “in scope” for the AP Psychology Exam.
  • AP subject matter experts spent considerable time researching which terminology to include that would prepare students to be successful in sequent courses in psychology. Additionally, since approximately 25% of AP Psychology courses are taught on a semester, rather than a yearlong, schedule, the development committee considered how many terms would be appropriate given the amount of time teachers have to teach the course. 
  • The terminology included—about 750 key terms—reflects the balance between representing an introduction to the broad field of psychology and the amount of time needed for reasonable depth and breadth of instruction.

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