De-centring the Psychology Curriculum: Diversity, Social Justice & Psychological Knowledge

Michalis Kontopodis, Marta Jackowska

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The psychologycurriculum has close ties to the histories and cultural traditions ofindustrialised societies’ white middle-class populations, so it is unclear how itmay reflect the interests and values of students from a variety of ethnic,racial and socio-economic backgrounds in the contemporary higher educationsettings. To address this question, we established an innovative researchproject of de-centring the psychology curriculum, sothat BA students from diverse backgrounds could familiarise themselves withcultural-historical, postcolonial, feminist and other critical psychological approachesas well as reflect on the histories, contexts and epistemologies of classicdevelopmental psychological theories and research. We conducted focus groupdiscussions with the students as to explore their views on the introducedcontents and approaches. The findings of our research form the basis forcritical reflection on the possibilities and challenges of de-centring thepsychology curriculum in the contemporary university settings.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)506-520
Number of pages15
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2019

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