ERIC Number: ED098124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Psychology in Secondary Schools.
Kasschau, Richard A.; Wertheimer, Michael
The document examines the teaching of psychology at levels below college. Its purpose is to establish a separate identity for high school psychology teachers by tracing the growth and documenting the breadth of present-day psychology at the secondary school level. The focus is on distinguishing between the needs of the college professor and the high school psychology teacher. Discussion is limited primarily to high school psychology courses, where most curriculum development efforts and enrollment increases have occurred. A few efforts at the elementary and junior high school levels are also mentioned. A brief history of the field and documentation of the rapid growth in recent years are reviewed. Next, some of the philosophical issues behind the teaching of psychology below college are considered. The main issue of contention is whether personal development or substantive knowledge of psychology as a discipline should be the primary goal. The last two sections are devoted to the primary areas in which the philosophical issues have had an impact: instructional approaches and teacher training. (Author/KSM)
Descriptors: Behavioral Sciences, Curriculum Development, Educational History, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Educational Strategies, Educational Trends, Instructional Materials, Literature Reviews, Psychology, Secondary Education, Secondary School Curriculum, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.; American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.