ERIC Number: ED250987
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Personal Applications: A Humanistic Approach to the Undergraduate Psychology Curriculum.
The creation of a new undergraduate curriculum in psychology is discussed. It is suggested that the undergraduate psychology curriculum is valuable as an end in itself rather than solely as preparation for a career in the field. The new curriculum would be structured principally around a program of intensive study of the practical, personal applications of psychology. This restructured curriculum is proposed as an alternative to the traditionally academic one, rather than as its replacement. Textbooks are identified that might be used in the introductory psychology course and in courses that deal with developmental milestones, including: career planning and advancement, psychological aspects of marriage and family life, child rearing or parenting, educational psychology, interpersonal competence, and psychological growth and adjustment. The format of the course would be immersion, whereby the student learns to develop case materials from personal experiences, from shared classroom experiences, and from material appearing in the mass media. The curriculum might best be offered in a school of professional psychology. Possible implications for primary prevention are noted. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).