The Psychologically Literate Citizen: Foundations and Global Perspectives

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The concepts of psychological literacy and the psychologically literate citizen promise to invigorate a new global approach to psychology education. They pose a basic question: What attributes and capabilities should undergraduate psychology majors acquire? Many psychological organizations have defined psychological literacy by guidelines and lists of student learning outcomes, but although psychology educators across the globe have been working towards helping students to acquire these attributes over the past 50 years, educators have only recently explicitly delineated attributes and learning outcomes, and sought to develop appropriate learning, teaching, and assessment strategies, including whole program approaches.

The contributors to this volume argue that psychological literacy is the most important outcome of an undergraduate psychology education and that psychologically literate citizens use their knowledge of psychology to problem-solve in ethical and socially responsible ways that directly benefit their communities. In this book, a rich variety of international perspectives contribute to the development of the two key concepts of psychological literacy and the psychologically literate citizen. Authors provide practical guidance for classroom psychology educators, as well as curriculum developers and reviewers. Ultimately, they make the case for a paradigm shift in psychology education.

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Jacquelyn Cranney is currently Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of New South Wales. She is also an Australian Learning and Teaching Council National Teaching Fellow. She obtained her BA and MA at the University of Queensland, and her PhD at Bryn Mawr College. She has received many awards for teaching, including the Australian Psychological Society Distinguished Contribution to Education Award and a Carrick Citation Award.

Dana S. Dunn is currently Professor of Psychology and Director of the Learning in Common Curriculum at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He earned his BA in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and his PhD in experimental social psychology from the University of Virginia. The author or editor of 13 books and over 100 articles, chapters, and book reviews, Dunn writes about the teaching of psychology, rehabilitation psychology, social psychology, and liberal education. He served as President of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology in 2010. Dana Dunn is winner of the 2013 Charles L. Brewer Award for Distinguished Teaching of Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation (of the APA).

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"What big ideas of psychological science should an educated person know? What psychology-enhanced thinking and emotional skills support discerning, responsible citizenship? Such questions weave through this important and practical teaching and curricular guide. Kudos to these multinational contributors for focusing our attention on things that really matter." -- David G. Myers, Professor of Psychology, Hope College, and author of Psychology, 9th Edition


"From the blueprint established by a convening of teachers of psychology, the editors have created an architecturally exciting framework on how to create and encourage literacy about what psychology does and how it does its work. However we receive news and ideas - whether the source is print, electronic, or word of mouth - we need to learn how to understand and evaluate psychologists' ideas and research. Among the many strengths of this book is the global perspective provided by teachers of psychology from both western and, especially welcome, non-western countries." -- Douglas K. Candland, recipient of the American Psychological Foundation's Award for Distinguished Teaching in Psychology, Past President of APA's Division for the Teaching of Psychology, and current editor of the Review of General Psychology


"Today's daunting global problems - such as hunger, war, pollution, and climate change, to name just a few - will depend for their solution upon our capacity to understand and change human behavior. Yet every psychology teacher knows how difficult it is to overcome widely held myths and misconceptions about human behavior and psychological science. Now, for the first time, Jacquelyn Cranney and Dana Dunn have convened a diverse group of teachers to contemplate not only how we might improve psychological literacy among students, but also how it might bear upon the demands of everyday life for ordinary people." -- Kenneth Keith, Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of San Diego


"Fostering psychological literacy was a dominant theme of the American Psychological Association's 2008 National Conference on Undergraduate Education in Psychology, and served as the inspiration for this volume. This book includes contributions from outstanding educators in the United States and Australia, as well as Canada, Indonesia, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, and the UK. All teachers who want their students to become psychologically literate global citizens should read this book." -- Charles L. Brewer, Kenan Professor of Psychology, Furman University


"No review can do this book the justice it deserves. There is so much more within it to discuss. Some of the presented concepts worthy of extended discussion are the global citizen (pp. 96-99), ethical literacy (pp. 41-55), online asynchronous discussion groups (100-101), and the behavior modification example of "applied approach" to teaching psychological literacy (pp. 149-150). The book is "long time coming." Teachers of psychology will find it particularly interesting." -- Thomas F. Cloonan, Ph.D., Fordham University, The General Psychologist


"The editors of this interesting work have gathered together a diverse collection of articles
by international researchers and writers in to examine the question of what must be taught
to our students in order to ensure they are psychologically literate. By bringing a global
perspective to the problem, they have produced a rather fascinating picture of where
psychology currently stands
and how it could move forward under a common vision... The strength of the book for
me lies mainly in its global perspective by not only examining psychology in the United Kingdom and Western Europe, but also from the likes of Russia and Indonesia... Together, this collection of 23 articles attempts to set out a blueprint of how psychology will look in the not-too-distant future. It perhaps even offers a way in which psychology can
change the world for the better by creating citizens who understand the world from
a psychological perspective." -- Marc Smith, The Psychologist


"Contributors range from graduate students to leaders in the field (from the US and worldwide) and thus bring different developmental/cultural perspectives to the discussion... Recommended...Researchers/faculty, professionals, general readers." - D. M. Chirico, York College, CUNY, CHOICE


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