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Psychology Teaching Review, v14 n2 p11-13 2008

John Radford's stimulating article on psychology within higher education includes a paragraph on the context of psychology taught as a degree subject. He suggests that while statistics has an established presence on programmes and the discipline is increasingly informed by genetics, "approaches to human behaviour such as anthropology, history, geography, politics, sociology, are relatively rare" (2008, p. 43). Radford argues that when these disciplines do form components of psychology degrees they tend to be available as minor or ancillary subjects. These authors have no data on the frequency with which these "contextual" subjects are taught, or how they are included in programmes, but they would like to argue that psychology students should have opportunities to study other disciplines that have human behaviour as a primary concern. In doing so, the authors draw upon their experiences teaching psychology as a psychosocial science.

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Psychology, Intellectual Disciplines, Curriculum, Context Effect, Behavior, Social Psychology, Holistic Approach

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Autor: Crozier, W. Ray; Cooper, Neil


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