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"Psychology is a vocational subject". Do you agree? Please give reasons for your answer.

Discussion in 'Social sciences' started by anon326, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. I found the above quote on a website with which I completely disagree! To me, it highlights one of the reasons why Psychology teachers have such a struggle getting students to take the subject seriously and adds to the general misconceptions that are bandied about by non Psychology specialists who have no idea what the subject actually involves (but think they do). Thus, adding to our frustrations and problems.
    I wondered what you all thought.

     
  2. I found the above quote on a website with which I completely disagree! To me, it highlights one of the reasons why Psychology teachers have such a struggle getting students to take the subject seriously and adds to the general misconceptions that are bandied about by non Psychology specialists who have no idea what the subject actually involves (but think they do). Thus, adding to our frustrations and problems.
    I wondered what you all thought.

     
  3. There are lots of careers (in psychology) for psychology grads with some further training. So I would agree with the statement.
     
  4. You seem offended by the idea that it may be seen as vocational. Perhaps one of the reasons why teachers of vocational courses have such a struggle raising the parity of esteem of said courses?
     
  5. ZIMBOFAN

    ZIMBOFAN New commenter

    No, I've been teaching Psych for years, and I can tell you it is NOT a vocational subject. It is an academic A level. Same as any other science A level. The example that you can be a professional Psychologist is irrelevant - the A level itself is NOT qualifying you to do anything!!! For example to train as a Doctor you need A levels in Chemistry, Biology etc.. but these qualifications in themselves to not qualify you... they are academic A levels, in the same way Psychology is.
    An A level in Psychology is not even necessary to get on to a Psychology degree ( though looked on favourably).. which is the FIRST step in training to be a 'Psychologist'.

     
  6. ZIMBOFAN

    ZIMBOFAN New commenter

    Another point - most Psychology graduates do NOT become professional Psychologists in any case!! Psychology is an area of academic interest - valuable in itself.
     
  7. The statement was: "Psychology is a vocational subject". Given the numerous career paths in the field of psychology, the statement is correct. The fact that an A-level doesn't, in itself, qualify you for one of those careers or that most psy grads don't decide to follow the vocational path to become psychologists is irrelevant. Your answer is a response to a different statement, not the one under consideration.


     

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