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ERIC Number: EJ876500
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0965-948X
It Is Not What We Teach but the Way that We Teach It
Trapp, Annie
Psychology Teaching Review, v14 n2 p55-57 2008
In this article, the author comments on John Radford's article "Psychology in its place," which makes some keen observations around the current status of psychology education. The author's response focuses on undergraduate psychology education and the "responsible autonomy" of psychology educators. The author, as administrator, expects psychology undergraduates to learn a body of knowledge but not as an end in itself. She believes that it is the ability to understand, extend or apply their knowledge that will be most useful to themselves in a personal context and in their role in society. Psychology educators have a responsibility to help potential and current students understand what is involved in studying psychology, to prepare them to "think psychologically" and to develop skills that can be applied in the real world. The author emphasizes that designing a viable educational framework to acquire, develop and practise these skills is every bit as important as determining the finer details of course content.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom