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ERIC Number: EJ876492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0965-948X
Broadening the Boundaries of Psychology through Community Psychology
Kagan, Carolyn
Psychology Teaching Review, v14 n2 p28-31 2008
This paper argues for community psychology to be included within the discipline boundaries of psychology. In doing this, it will enable psychology to begin to address some of the large scale social issues affecting people's well-being. It will be necessary, however, to incorporate aspects of other disciplines, make explicit the political dimensions of psychological knowledge and practice, and adopt an action-oriented, more student-centred approach to learning. The paper will draw on student experiences to illustrate the value of community psychology learning. Radford (2008) raised a number of issues challenging the boundaries of the discipline of psychology and the relevance of an education in psychology as overseen by the British Psychological Society. In this paper, Kagan will further the case for a psychology that addresses real world issues and goes beyond its current boundaries. In doing this, she will explore the extent to which community psychology is contained within the boundary of psychology, the challenges that an emergent community psychology might make to the parent discipline, and the benefits to students of community based learning of community psychology.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom