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Theories as maps: Teaching psychology beyond mind and behavior
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4005-310X
Göteborgs Universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0428-0233
2015 (English)In: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, ISSN 2332-2101, no 1, p. 92-99Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is a challenge for psychology education to teach students about the possibilities and limitations of psychological theories. In the present article, we attempt to meet this challenge by employing the metaphorical expression “theories-are-maps” as a didactic tool for exploring the dynamics between psychology as a scientific project and the nature of the phenomena observed. Using mental illness as an example, we use the map metaphor to discuss the various difficulties involved in teaching theories in psychology, in such terms as the risk of confusing maps and terrain. While using theories-are-maps as a tool does add complexity to psychology education, it also helps illustrate how the relationship between theory and the “reality” that theoretical devices are describing can be envisaged. We see this as a contribution to the discussion on critical thinking in psychology, particularly in the teaching of psychology. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved)

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2015. no 1, p. 92-99
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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Teacher Education and Education Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-829DOI: 10.1037/stl0000016OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-829DiVA, id: diva2:857703
Available from: 2015-09-30 Created: 2015-09-30 Last updated: 2018-04-28Bibliographically approved

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