Cranney, J, Dunn, DS, Hulme, JA, Nolan, S, Morris, S and Norris, K (2022) Psychological literacy and undergraduate psychology education: An international provocation. Frontiers in Education, 7. ISSN 2504-284X

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For over fifty years, psychology leaders have called for fundamental changes in how we undertake research, education, and community interaction. This paper provocatively argues the case for ‘why now, and how’. The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated that psychology must contribute more to the wellbeing of local and global communities. We propose that a primary mechanism for doing so is by reinventing the undergraduate psychology program. This paper provides a stimulus to initiate international discussion ofinterconnected graduate capabilities, which we proposed to be: Knowledge, Methods, Application to Personal, Professional and Community (Local, National, Global) Domains, Ethics & Values, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Cultural Responsiveness. Focusing on core aspects of psychology (Knowledge, Research Methods, Application) and more generic but evidence-informed capabilities is a unique formulation and should well serve graduates, employers, society, and the psychology discipline and profession in the uncertain ‘post-pandemic’ era. We also propose psychological literacy as a promising unifying approach for psychology. Finally, we provide a ‘road-map’ for curriculum renewal at international, national, and institutional levels, involving a consensus-seeking process.

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Additional Information: © 2022 Cranney, Dunn, Hulme, Nolan, Morris and Norris. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Uncontrolled Keywords: International psychology education, Psychological literacy, Graduate capabilities, self-management, employability, international, global citizenship, COVID-19
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2022 14:48
Last Modified: 27 May 2022 11:27

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