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ERIC Number: EJ1146515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0965-948X
Student Representations of Psychology in the UK
Banyard, Philip; Duffy, Karen
Psychology Teaching Review, v20 n2 p110-120 Win 2014
Psychology is a popular choice for UK students in their secondary school curriculum. Policy makers and elite universities, however, express concern about the subject. The British Psychological Society (2013) commissioned a detailed study of the provision of school curricula in psychology and as part of this work a survey of students was conducted. There were 870 responses to an online survey which used similar questions to a previous survey in 2001. The quantitative data showed a consistent set of responses across the two surveys and confirmed the high regard for the subject held by students. The student representation of psychology in the UK is of a subject that is interesting, engaging, challenging and relevant. The risk for the continued high regard of students for this subject comes from a bias towards historical account in the syllabuses, the attitude to the subject of policy makers and the advice given to students about subject choice by universities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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