Psychology: A quality undergraduate education

Psychology: A quality undergraduate education


Psychology

Students know how to learn

Knowing how to learn includes using learning strategies such as spacing study sessions; processing information for meaning; generating responses to enhance memory; explaining concepts; using visual-spatial, verbal, and kinesthetic strategies; and becoming actively engaged in the effortful process of learning. Students can reasonably expect faculty and support staff at their institution to assist them in learning to learn.

Students assume increasing responsibility for their own learning

Students need to develop the skilled habit of metacognition, which includes knowing when they need help with learning and when they are learning well on their own. Early in the semester, students who need assistance with learning should seek help from their professors and others on campus who can support learning (e.g., staff at student learning centers).

Students take advantage of the rich diversity that exists in college

Projections suggest that there will be no single majority group in the United States by the year 2050 (U. S. Census Bureau, 2008), when most of today’s students will still be in the workforce. Demographers expect other regions of the world to become increasingly diverse as well. People vary in multiple ways, including extent of ability and differences in race, ethnicity, country of origin, age, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender, and socioeconomic status. The diverse characteristics of other students and faculty members provide learning experiences for the real-world tasks of understanding people who view events in the world from varying perspectives. Learning from diverse students and faculty members is an important component of a quality education.

Students are responsible for seeking advice for academic tasks

Such as selecting courses in the approved sequence that satisfy the institution’s requirements for the major and general education. They are also responsible for seeking advice about planning for a career that is realistic and tailored to their individual talents, aspirations, and situations. A corollary of this principle is that faculty and staff will be available to students and knowledgeable about requirements for the major and career options for majors in psychology.

Students strive to become psychologically literate citizens

The goal of becoming psychologically literate citizens is to prepare students for the demands of a global 21st century. Psychological literacy includes having a basic knowledge of the subject matter of psychology, valuing scientific thinking, acting ethically, recognizing and fostering respect for diversity, and being insightful about one’s own and others’ behavior and mental processes. Access to information from distant countries has made students global citizens, even if they have never traveled outside their home towns, and enhances their ability to see issues from multiple perspectives. Thus, psychologically literate citizens value international perspectives on psychology and willingly engage with citizens from countries other than their own.

Source: American Psychological Association