ERIC Number: ED215929
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar-27
Psychology in the States: A Capsule Summary of the Nature and Status of Pre-College Psychology According to Selected Surveys Reported Since 1963.
This report contains a state of the art review of pre-college psychology for each state according to surveys conducted since 1963. To collect data the author searched ERIC, "Dissertation Abstracts,""Education Index," and "Psychological Abstracts." The author also wrote to departments of education in the states that had apparently not been surveyed and wrote various authors and researchers. The report is organized by state. For over 20 states, no information on the teaching of pre-college psychology is available; for some of the states minimal information is available. When information is available, half-page studies are reported which usually include purpose, methodology, and findings. For example, a survey concerning the status of psychology in the Georgia public school system was conducted in Georgia in 1973. Questionnaires were sent to 188 city and county systems. One hundred sixty-seven schools replied. The purpose of the survey concerned the number of schools offering psychology courses, credentials of those employed as psychology instructors, number of courses offered, and texts currently in use. Results showed that 59 of the systems offered a psychology course in at least one of their schools. The credentials of teachers were found to vary. Twenty five of the systems state that one or more of their teachers held a certificate in behavioral science. Thirteen systems stated that one of their instructors held a B.A. or B.S. in psychology. Four systems stated that their psychology teachers possessed other credentials. Titles of textbooks used at that time are also reported. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Great Lakes Regional Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Oconomowoc, WI, March 27, 1981).