Psychological Literacy: A Practical Approach.

Authors: Taylor, J.

Conference: 37th Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology

Dates: 3-6 January 2015


Psychological literacy (Cranney & Dunn, 2012) is a new and important concept in psychology education which encapsulates the knowledge, skills and attributes acquired through the study of psychology and the ability to transfer learning from the academic setting into the real world. Despite an increasing number of academic and professional publications highlighting theoretical concepts and benefits of psychological literacy, there are few practical resources for psychology educators. This PIE will address this need by discussing two recent publications commissioned by the UK Higher Education Academy. ‘An Introductory Guide to Psychological Literacy’ (Mair, Taylor & Hulme, 2013) outlines the theoretical context for psychological literacy and its rationale, and offers ideas about aspects of the curriculum that lend themselves to developing students’ psychological literacy. It also signposts a comprehensive list of resources to facilitate further study on the topic. ‘A Psychological Literacy Compendium’ (Taylor & Hulme, in prep) presents a wide range of contributions focused on highlighting how psychological literacy is developed across individual activities or across whole cohorts and degrees. The case studies highlight the staff perspective (e.g. what worked well or could be improved), evaluations of student experience, and evaluations of performance and employability prospects. In identifying examples of good practice, the Compendium offers psychology academics evidence that will enable change to take place within staff development and at curricula level. Participants will reflect on the development of Psychological literacy in their own teaching practice and will be asked to discuss case studies of good practice.

Source: Manual

Preferred by: Jacqui Taylor