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Psychology

Building links with local colleges

Published: 8 October 2018
Seminar

Psychology Teachers from St Anne’s Sixth Form and Richard Taunton’s College visited the department on Friday 21 September, to discuss how teachers and staff in the School of Psychology at Southampton could work together to support and improve A-level Psychology education.

A collaborative project was discussed, where university staff and students could help support A level teaching of ethical issues and research methods in Psychology. After resounding positive support, the project, led by Drs Emma Palmer-Cooper and Hazel Blythe, will be taken forward with a funding application. The aim of the project will be to better inform A-Level students of ethical considerations in Psychological research using workshops and activities, with additional resources for students undertaking coursework or an Extended Project Question involving research with people.

Teachers were very enthusiastic about fostering stronger links with the School, especially in terms of hands on research experience; 'To be able to offer something as enrichment for [students] would be amazing'.

Teachers also indicated that more work could be done with younger students to encourage further study of Psychology.

For general enquiries about research outreach and engagement contact psychology.outreach@soton.ac.uk.

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