Case studies to illustrate psychological literacy in action: Sharing acitivities to develop psychological literacy across the curriculum

Authors: Taylor, J. and Hulme, J.

Editors: Zumbach, J.

Conference: European Psychology Learning and Teaching Conference (EuroPLAT)

Dates: 18-20 September 2017

Pages: 100-101

Place of Publication: Salzburg, Austria


This talk introduces a set of case studies that were submitted to us following requests in psychology conferences and publications, and through professional networks. The full versions of the case studies make up the first version of a Psychological Literacy Compendium of Practice that is available online at The first part of this talk presents a brief synopsis of each case study and categorises case studies to allow those considering introducing psychological literacy activities to easily compare and contrast different approaches. Categories include: when the activity takes place in the curriculum; whether it is a core or elective unit, or optional activity, and assessment strategies. In the second section, we evaluate each case study in terms of which of the nine psychological attributes identified by McGovern et al (2010) each case study illustrates. This information can be used to assist curriculum design and quality assurance procedures, and highlights the need to define the attributes of psychological literacy that activities are designed to address. Finally, we conclude with a discussion and some suggestions for future work and activities. This talk aims to highlight practical ideas to develop psychological literacy and to encourage academics and practitioners to use the Compendium to develop activities to embed psychological literacy within the Psychology curriculum.

Source: Manual