Education Leadership Conference

For three days in October, participants from all walks of psychology brainstormed ways to build a stronger infrastructure for education in psychology and psychology in education.

Launched by APA's Education Directorate and Board of Education Affairs, the inaugural "Educational Leadership Conference: Re-thinking Education in Psychology and Psychology in Education," Oct. 28-30, was attended by representatives from 16 psychology education and training organizations and 45 other organized groups with interests in psychology education.

Their goals: Begin a discussion on the state of education in psychology as well as psychology's application to education in a changing world and inform the work of APA's educational arm. Participants discussed potential solutions to emerging challenges and, in so doing, considered seven questions:

  • What technology competencies should every psychology undergraduate major and graduate student have?

  • Should there be national standards for the undergraduate psychology major and what are the pros and cons?

  • Is there a core body of knowledge, skills and competencies that trainers should expect of all doctoral students in academic psychology?

  • What distinctive contribution to the health-care workforce does education and training in professional psychology provide?

  • What are the goals of pre-internship supervised practice training for doctoral students in professional psychology?

  • What psychological science basics should K­12 teachers know and be able to apply to teaching and learning?

  • What psychology knowledge should students have by the end of elementary school, middle school and high school?

On considering the questions, many participants encouraged psychology to play a greater role in all U.S. education, from K-12 through graduate school, with special attention to needs in teacher education.

In addition, participants urged continued examination of the teaching of psychology and education of future psychologists with respect to the discipline's expanding body of knowledge, advances in technology, globalization, changing demographics, trends in higher education and marketplace shifts. To make this happen, they issued numerous suggestions and recommendations that they are currently prioritizing for future activities and more discussions at future Education Leadership Conferences.

The following articles are a report on the conference:

Preserving unity, urging diversity

Technology's reshaping of education

A new assignment for psychologists

It's time psychology went to school