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ERIC Number: EJ876490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0965-948X
The Value of GBR and the Employability of Psychology Graduates
Hagger, Martin
Psychology Teaching Review, v14 n2 p21-23 2008
In this article, the author comments on John Radford's article "Psychology in its Place," which is a provocative and thoughtful piece on the state of psychology as a discipline in higher education. In his article, Radford introduces evidence that psychology graduates are attractive to employers for their numeracy and literacy skills and acknowledges that psychology graduate employability is buoyant. The author agrees with Radford's general premise: that psychology is an important, worthy and useful discipline within modern society but that psychology programmes in higher education perhaps need a rethink in terms of their goals and content. He disagrees with Radford that Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) should be completely replaced with a flexible system that permits more than a modicum of choice for students. He thinks that a core GBR is important in order to provide a minimum standard, as is required for research, teaching, and practice as a psychologist. In summation, he agrees with the fundamental principles of GBR and a generalised, common basic education, but agrees in part, with Radford that there is a need to broaden the curriculum to incorporate the changing face of psychology as a developing science and profession. He also believes that there is a need to address the skills that employers value, as Radford argues, and a need to engage students to highlight the skills their training can offer to employers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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