Graduate education in psychology: Report of the Conference on Graduate Education in Psychology Chapter uri icon


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  • As was reported in the Introduction, participants in the Conference received in advance a file of relevant materials. Some of these materials were taken from published reports, some were written for this purpose. Among them was an analysis of the relevant data on recruitment, training and status of psychology, prepared by George Albee. Since this document was influential in shaping the deliberations of the Conference, and since it provides an effective survey of the problem, it is presented first in this chapter. Taking cognizance of this rapidly growing discrepancy between demands for psychologists in industry, in the schools, in government, in the mental health movement and in the rapidly expanding colleges and universities, and the numbers of psychologists presently or foreseeably available, this Conference devoted considerable thought to reexamination of the roles most appropriate to psychologists. Our problem is how best to deploy our limited forces--best for psychology and best for society. To what extent should we be responsive to society's demands for immediate services? How can we respond to these demands and still continue our teaching and research functions? Another factor in our deliberations was the realization of the rapidity with which changes are occurring in what psychologists are called upon or have the opportunity to do. New roles which psychologists have assumed in industry, in the mental health movement and in government provide striking examples. We must expect further changes to occur in directions we cannot now anticipate. It may be enlightening to consider our own situation as it resembles and differs from the situation in which other sciences and professions find themselves. Subject heading discussed in this chapter include relation to other fields; the need for flexibility and innovation; the need for nondoctoral training; and recruitment. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)


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  • 1959

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  • Washington, DC, US



  • psychologists; roles