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ERIC Number: ED170223
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug-30
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
High School Psychology.
Kirk, Daniel
This paper discusses the current state of the high school psychology curriculum and suggests an alternative program combining a graduate program for teachers with an emphasis on teaching adolescent development. There are three approaches to teaching psychology currently; scientific, personal, and a compromise between the first two, using a current issue viewed according to psychological theory and methods. The teachers, certified in social studies only, are academically unqualified. Enrollment figures doubled between 1960 and 1979 with the growth trend likely to continue. An alternative program could be a graduate training program in the psychology of adolescent development examining adolescent concerns not handled by other subjects and showing how those concerns can be dealt with using scientific principles and research. There is little incentive for this because teachers are already certified and state education departments and school boards are retrenching rather than offering new programs. However, 11 out of 21 teachers at a Marist College Psychology Day evinced interest in graduate psychology courses and one half of the graduating classes at Marist College and Vassar liked the curriculum and were interested in matriculating. As a result, Marist College offered teachers a graduate course entitled High School Psychology in the spring of 1979. (CK)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented to the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (86th, Toronto, Canada, August 30, 1978)