ERIC Number: EJ860621
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Psychology in its Place: Personal Reflections on the State We're In
Hollin, Gregory J. S.; Hollin, Clive R.
Psychology Teaching Review, v15 n1 p55-60 2009
John Radford's original article (Radford, 2008a) asked some hard questions about the content and purpose of a degree in psychology. The original article prompted a number of replies and a rejoinder from Radford (2008b). In the spirit of carrying on the discussion started by Radford and others, this article offers two personal perspectives on our current state. The first is from a careworn academic who suggests, basically, that psychology at degree level needs to sort out its priorities: the agenda for achieving this should include the identity of psychology within universities, its relationship with A-level psychology, and attention to teaching. The second perspective is from a new psychology graduate who reflects on how his experiences match the situation Radford describes and the consequent lack of intellectual depth in the psychology curriculum. It is suggested that the way out of the state we are in lies in the hands of universities, decidedly not the British Psychological Society.
Descriptors: Psychology, Foreign Countries, Psychological Studies, Educational Principles, Educational Practices, Secondary School Curriculum, Educational Philosophy, Educational Objectives, Fused Curriculum, Debate, Reflection, College Role
British Psychological Society, Division for Teachers & Researchers in Psychology. St Andrews House, 48 Princess Road East, Leicester LE1 7DR, UK. Tel: +44-1162-529551; Fax: +44-1162-271314; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.bps.org.uk/ptr
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education; High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom