Psychological Literacy

Bryan W. Sokol and Janet E. Kuebli

in The Psychologically Literate Citizen

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199794942
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914500 | DOI:
Psychological Literacy

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Building on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s claim that “Intelligence plus character… is the goal of true education,” this chapter explores the parallels between character development and psychological literacy. The chapter argues, in particular, that promoting the skills of psychological literacy must be balanced against principles of citizenship and community in order to avoid the dangers of instrumental reasoning. In this regard, fostering psychologically literate citizens has much in common with moral character. The chapter proposes service-learning as one strategy for building community and channeling the skills of psychological literacy toward the service of a common good.

Keywords: character; citizenship; just community; psychological literacy; instrumental reasoning; moral development; service-learning

Chapter.  5532 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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