ERIC Number: ED137189
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Sep-3
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Psychology in the Secondary Schools: A Historical Background.
Engle, T. L.
A history of psychology teaching in U.S. secondary schools from 1831 to 1976 is presented. The first section discusses changes in course content from the late 19th century, when psychology was part of the elementary teacher education program, to the present, when psychology is most often offered as a personal adjustment course. Section two focuses on textbooks which have been used to teach psychology related subjects since 1831. Recent surveys indicate that teachers favor basic textbooks, but that various materials are also used in some courses in lieu of a textbook. The third section indicates that psychology teachers receive more university training and participate more in psychology workshops and summer institutes than previously. Also, they generally teach social science courses in addition to psychology. The ever increasing number of students enrolled in high school psychology courses is discussed in section four, followed by a brief summary which reports that the teaching of psychology on the high school level is becoming more common, teacher preparation is improving, student enrollment is increasing, a variety of teaching material is becoming available, and psychologists are becoming interested in this area of instruction. References are included in the document. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (84th, Washington, D.C., September 3-7, 1976)