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Psychological Literacy

Remo Job, Lorella Lotto and Claudio Tonzar

in The Psychologically Literate Citizen

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199794942
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914500 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794942.003.0044
Psychological Literacy

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This chapter discusses some of the implications of the notion of psychological literacy for the design of curriculum for bachelor students of psychology in Italy. Specifically, the chapter identifies four features that would allow students to develop psychological literacy during their undergraduate education: a mixed competence-based and input-based approach to teaching, with an emphasis on the development of attitudes and skills; active learning methodologies, with an emphasis on students’ responsibility for their learning; activities that allow to relate to real-world situations, with an emphasis on problem solving and application of knowledge; and the value of mobility within and across countries as a bridge to cultural awareness and sensitivity. Finally, some of the consequences of considering psychological literacy a process are briefly discussed.

Keywords: curriculum design in psychology; competence-based approach; active learning; mobility and cultural sensitivity

Chapter.  4815 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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