Banyard, P and Hulme, JA (2015) Giving psychology away: How George Miller's vision is being realised by psychological literacy. Psychology Teaching Review, 21 (2). 93 - 101 (8). ISSN 0965-948X

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In George Miller’s famous address to the APA he explored the aims and future direction of psychology. Psychology could develop as a professional elite that develops specialised knowledge that experts can hold on to or it could aim to “give psychology away” and to allow the general public access to psychological knowledge that will be of benefit to them. In so doing it will create “a new and different public conception of what is humanly possible and humanly desirable.” This vision is being realised 50 years on by the wide dissemination of psychology knowledge through, for example, university school courses in the subject, and the growth of psychological literacy in the general public. This paper discusses issues raised by this and the implications for the profession of psychology and the perception of psychology in the general public are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: psychological literacy, George Miller, public perceptions, A-level psychology, democratisation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2016 16:45
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2016 01:30

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