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Psychological Literacy

Harold Takooshian and Giulia Landi

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/9780199794942.003.0073
Psychological Literacy

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Will we see a world-wide increase in the number of psychologically literate citizens in coming years? The second half of the 20th century saw a meteoric rise in psychology education at all levels—first in the USA, then internationally. How is this likely to impact public knowledge and attitudes toward psychology? This data-based essay reviews the development of the field, its changing image, mixed views of the field, its meteoric growth inside and outside the USA, and the likely impact of this growth on future citizens’ “psychological literacy.”

Keywords: alumni; anti-psychology; international psychology; liberal education; Psi Chi; psychological literacy; psychologically literate citizens

Chapter.  5970 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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