How Do You Create Socially Responsive Knowledge?

Socially responsive knowledge is not intended to replace foundational knowledge (content, theories, history, and methodology the field; as well as liberal education or cross-disciplinary knowledge) or professional knowledge (practitioner skills and content). Instead these three domains of knowledge interact synergistically. Service learning is proposed to be an effective means of acquiring and applying socially responsive knowledge.
  • Higher Education and Psychology in the Millennium (PDF, 983KB): Within the field of psychology, Irving Altman has called for the incorporation of socially responsive knowledge into the post-secondary curriculum. Socially responsive knowledge requires that students (a) become educated in the problems of society; (b) experience and understand, first-hand, social issues in their community; and (c) attain the experience and skills to act on social problems.
  • Civic Engagement and Scholarship (PDF, 85KB): Paul Nelson, Director of Graduate Education at APA traces civic engagement in the historical context of psychology and questions how we might prepare the next generation of psychologists to become engaged scholars.
  • Changing Context: From Focus on Faculty to Focus on Learning: In his speech to the APA Educational Leadership Conference (2003), Eugene Rice describes a new vision for rethinking scholarship and engagement.