Educational Psychology and Psychological Literacy in Higher Education

Nida Denson and Marsha Ing

in The Psychologically Literate Citizen

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199794942
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914500 | DOI:
Educational Psychology and Psychological Literacy in Higher Education

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Educational psychology is the study of how people learn. This chapter begins by discussing how issues of racial and cultural diversity relate to psychological literacy and psychology undergraduate education. It then summarizes several theories about how people learn and focus on the impact of racial and cultural diversity in higher education. The chapter provides an overview of current trends in the higher education literature and the three distinct forms of diversity (i.e., structural diversity, curricular/co-curricular diversity, and interaction diversity). The chapter discusses how these forms of diversity help to address strengths and gaps in the literature. The chapter then discusses how diversity in higher education relates to psychological literacy and the psychologically literate citizen. The chapter concludes by providing some practical suggestions and implications for educational practice and, in particular, ways in which to facilitate the development of psychological literacy in undergraduate psychology courses.

Keywords: racial diversity; structural diversity; curricular diversity; interaction diversity; developmental theories; learning theories; psychological literacy

Chapter.  6606 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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