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Introductions to the profession- Curricular approachDr Erin O’Connor & Dr Julie Hansen| Queensland University of Technology


Past practice at QUTProfessional seminarsCareer exposFilm and movie clubPeer mentoringCareer mentorsImages from QUT Careers and Employment, School of Psychology and Counselling, Microsoft, Double day and Random House


What was wrong with this approach?• Not reaching all students• Unable to evaluate skillsdeveloped• Didn’t communicate ourenthusiasm• Students determined timingof delivery within theirdegree progression• Very little other informationabout breadth ofpsychology and careers• Also concerns that newpsychology students don’tunderstand the discipline(Goedeke & Gibson, 2011)


“Going curricular”• International governments (The Dearing Report, 1997; The Future ofHigher Education [white paper] DfES, 2003a, )• Case studies in international universities (University ofMinnesota, Staffordshire University)• Discussion with community partners and employers• Australian Graduate Attributes:Demonstrate a capacity for independent learning to sustainpersonal and professional development in the changingworld of the science and practice of psychology.(Cranney et. al., 2009)Reform career guidance to deliver effective advice to all(OECD, 2009)


How we’ve been told to think aboutcurriculum design...LearningactivitiesLearningoutcomesAssessmentAdapted from Biggs(1999)


How our students think aboutcurriculum design...AssessmentSome other stuff....LearningactivitiesLearningoutcomes


Learning Outcomes•Demonstrate an understanding of how psychological knowledge, skills,and values can be applied in a variety of occupational andcommunity settings;•Demonstrate an understanding of key cultural, legal, andethical factors that influence psychological practice;•Recognise the role of collaborative professional practicein enhancing psychological well-being;•Demonstrate technological and academic literacy skills thatenhance communication and information retrieval inthe discipline context of psychology;•Demonstrate an ability to work and achieve scholarlygoals within a collaborative group environment and toreflect on this process.


Learning Outcomes•Demonstrate an understanding of how psychological knowledge, skills,and values can be applied in a variety of occupational andcommunity settings;•Demonstrate an understanding of key cultural, legal, andethical factors that influence psychological practice;•Recognise the role of collaborative professional practicein enhancing psychological well-being;•Demonstrate technological and academic literacy skills thatenhance communication and information retrieval inthe discipline context of psychology;•Demonstrate an ability to work and achieve scholarlygoals within a collaborative group environment and toreflect on this process.


Learning activitiesLectures –> WorkshopsTutorials – Skill development &PBL assessmentOnline – Sharing,discussion, clarification


AssessmentCareer resource developmentProblem-based scenarioReflection


Volunteering-Motivation-Research ethicsBlackboard Quiz - ReportSuggestions from the boss:Secretly video tape thevolunteers.Ask the volunteers to fill out asurvey about the best aspects ofvolunteering.Why do peoplevolunteer?How could we recruitnew volunteers?APS codeof ethicsMain sources ofmotivation forvolunteers?Recommendations forattracting volunteers?


WorkshopsHealthPsychology-Theory of Planned Behaviour- Understanding data-- Attitude & behaviourchangePBL: Health PsychologyConsultancyTutorialsOnline modules


Online scenarioshttp://www.screenr.com/user/erinloc


Student feedback – PositivesClarity for study and profession• Prior to this unit, I had very little knowledge ofthe vast amount of work opportunities availableto psychology graduates and am now fairlyconfident that this degree will obtain me a decentjob in the future.• The Emphasis on finding a career path to take so Iknow where I am going with my course.• Nice way to get an initial feel for whats ahead ofus as first years.• Best part - Finding out the job pathways thecareer has to offer


Student feedback – PositivesInteraction and appropriate challenge• Online interaction: It's the only unit were I can readother students' experience and understanding of the requiredreadings and materials, it's great to have other perspectivesand angles to see the same piece of material.• Challenge: The unit is interactive, looks at differentaspects of psychology and pushes people to think on anotherlevel.


Student feedback – NegativesTiming• I feel as though this subject may have beenmore helpful during second year.• ...BUT we are first year students just startingout. I don't see why we are learning so muchabout honours years and PHD's when wearen't close to that level yet.


Student feedback – Split onReflectionsChange• Reflections. I do not likethem. At all.• The reflection questionsassessment was notplanned very well. It wasvery difficult to relate the4R model to the questionsRetain• The Professional Reflectionsessay, it really opened myeyes to potential problems Icould face in the future.• I learned a lot while I waswriting my assignment


Student feedback – Split onGuestsChange• Maybe TOO many guestlecturers, sometimes some ofthem were very (for want of abetter word) boring.• it would be great if youminimised the time that theguest's speak• A lot of the guest lecturerswere extremely boring.Retain• The guest speakers are alwaysinteresting and have given memore knowledge of thedifferent types of psychology Ican get into when I graduate• The variety of guest lecturers.It was important to hear frompeople out in the field.• best aspects of the unit wouldbe the guest speakers.


Student ratings4.543.532.522007200820111.51


2011 student satisfaction (N=47, 35.6%)1009080706050403020100Workload Difficulty Lectures Tutorials Website OnlineActivitiesNot SatisfiedSatisfied


Should also mention... Our 3 rd yearService learning work placement in partnership with Careers & EmploymentResumes, interviewing, workplaceheath and safety auditCommunity, government, or privatebusinessReflections and mini conference- Poster or video


Benefits of the curricular approach• Fulfil responsibility to all students• Delivery timed to match degree progression• Time to teach & evaluate skills• Positioning professional development as animportant part of training andmembership within the profession

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