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EFPTA Newsletter 2018 is published!

EFPTA Newsletter 2018 is published! Read reports from the Reykjavík conference, and articles on psychology teaching.


http://www.efpta.org/home/index.asp?sid=5



New: European Society for Psychology Learning and Teaching - ESPLAT

ESPLAT is a new body - the European Society for Psychology Learning and Teaching, founded at the 2018 EuroPLAT conference in Salzburg. 

Its aim is to advance the learning and teaching of psychology at all educational levels, including pre-university level in schools, and to provide a forum for researchers and teachers of psychology. ESPLAT will continue the EuroPLAT tradition of scholarly exchange on Psychology learning and teaching and to this end the first conference under the auspices of ESPLAT will be held on 25-27 September 2019 in Utrecht, Netherlands.  

http://www.esplat.org



EFPTA 2018 Conference in Reykjavik, 13-14 April! This Conference has now taken place...

Thank you to everyone who participated - keynote speakers, workshop presenters, and all delegates! Psychology teachers and others interested in psychology education at pre-university / high school level, from 14 countries, gathered to discuss and share information, expertise and ideas on teaching psychology to young people. 

The theme was 'Psychology for everyone - the value of psychology education for young people' and the event was hosted by the Icelandic psychology teachers’ association - Samtöksálfræðioguppeldisfræðikennara. One of the highlights of the Conference was an excellent presentation by Icelandic high school students. 

If you missed this EFPTA Conference, make sure you don't miss the next one - watch this space for news of EFPTA 2020! 


 

Documents and Resources

Conference Programme

Conference poster /flyer to download / print



EFPTA at EuroPlat 2017, Salzburg

EFPTA had a strong presence at the flagship European Psychology Learning and Teaching (EuroPlat) conference, held in September 2017 in Salzburg, against a backdrop of the fabulous scenery of the Austrian Alps! EFPTA members Lenka Sokolová (Slovakia), Morag Williamson (Scotland) and Jock McGinty (England & Wales) gave a symposium on "Journeys to psychology: different perspectives on pre-tertiary teaching of psychology in Europe". In the chair was Prof. Dr. Stephan Dutke, Chair of the EFPA Board of Educational Affairs, which hosted the session jointly with EFPTA. The presentations were followed by Q & A, and lively discussion amongst delegates!

You can find the complete symposium presentation on the research-sharing platform, Open Science Framework, here. Visit the EuroPlat 2017 website for details of the whole event programme. 

Documents and Resources

Report on EuroPlat & other EFPTA activities from Finnish psychologists' journal 'Psykologi'



EFPTA Board meetings: 2017 and 2018

We hold Board meetings twice a year, in spring and autumn. Location of meetings is usually a major European city and is largely determined by availability of flights from member countries. 

The autumn 2017 EFPTA Board meeting was held in Prague on 3-4 November 2017. Many thanks to the Czech Republic psychologists' association for their help in organising this event, as hosts of the EFPA "European Semester", July-December 2018.

We welcomed new Finnish representatives Helena Haranen and Teija Jokinen-Luopa, and said a sad goodbye to long-standing Adviser Marjatta Lehtovirta. President Harpa Hafsteinsdóttir presented her with a gift in appreciation of her work with the Board over the years. 

The next meeting will be held on 13 April 2018 in Reykjavík, prior to the start of the EFPTA Conference. Provisional dates and venue for the autumn 2018 meeting are: 2-3 November, Prague. Any member of an EFPTA member association is welcome to attend Board meetings as an observer; please use the Contact page to ask for more details.   



US: creating the best future for high school psychology education

In recognition of the importance of high school psychology as the start of the pipeline into the discipline, the first-ever American Psychological Association (APA) Summit on High School Psychology Education was held July 9-14, 2017, at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah (US). The mission of the summit was to create the best future for high school psychology education. A total of 72 psychology educators from high schools, community colleges and undergraduate psychology programs were selected to participate in the summit following an open call for participants.

During the summit, participants worked in eight separate working groups, each looking at an issue important in high school psychology education.  The working groups were: 

Psychology as Science
Skills That Promote Flourishing 
National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula 
Assessing Student Knowledge and Skills in Psychology 
Credentialing and Identifying the High School Psychology Teacher 
Ongoing Professional Development
Diversity and Access 
Technology and Online Learning

Each group was tasked with discussing their area of focus, producing teaching resources or other materials to support the mission of the summit, and making recommendations for specific audiences, such as teachers, administrators and APA.

Initial accounts of the summit, via participant evaluation forms and in-person feedback, indicate that the summit was a success. By the conclusion of the summit, the working groups put forward over 40 draft deliverables and over 40 recommendations for students, teachers, administrators, APA and other organizations, and the public. In the coming weeks and months, the Summit Steering Committee, APA staff, the APA Committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) and summit participants will work to prioritize and finalize the work that began at the summit. Summit outcomes will be broadly disseminated.  The December issue of the Psychology Teacher Network newsletter will focus on the summit.  The issue will be linked to this page when published.  

All high school psychology teachers are welcome to join APA/TOPSS, including teachers in Europe and elsewhere. Joining APA as a High School Teacher Affiliate automatically enrols teachers in TOPSS. New members can join online through the TOPSS website below.

APA Summit website, including videos from the opening remarks
and three keynote addresses

 

New APA infographic on trends in high school and undergraduate psychology

 

APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) website

  



EFPTA Board: elected members for 2017-19

At the Board meeting in Luxembourg on 1 April 2017, members elected new President Harpa Hafsteinsdóttir and Vice-President Lenka Sokolová (Harpa is second from left and Lenka third from left). Wolfgang Augustin was re-elected as Treasurer, and Morag Williamson as Secretary. Retiring President Hannele Puolakka was warmly thanked by Board members for her work over the past two years, as well as her contribution to EFPTA for several years previously, and incoming President Harpa presented her with a token of our gratitude.