Increasing Psychological Literacy and Work Readiness of Australian Psychology Undergraduates through a Capstone and Work‐Integrated Learning Experience: Current Issues and What Needs to be Done

Increasing Psychological Literacy and Work Readiness of Australian Psychology Undergraduates... What is already known on this topicMost students who undertake undergraduate training in psychology will not become psychologists.There is a mismatch between student expectations and the practical application of undergraduate training.Psychology graduates who secure employment work in a broad range of occupations.What this paper addsAn overview of the available literature exploring the strengths of capstone and work integrated learning (WIL) courses.An update on how capstone and WIL courses enhance the work readiness needs of undergraduate psychology students.Recommendations for educators regarding the future of undergraduate psychology education.Psychology remains one of the most popular fields of higher education in Australia. However, the vast majority of undergraduate students do not continue on to post‐graduate training programs or register as professional psychologists, with estimated reports as high as 66% (Borden & Rajecki, ; Cranney & Dunn, ; O'Connor & Hansen, ; Upton & Trapp, ). Australian undergraduate psychology programs are traditionally a 3‐year degree, with students competing for entry into an honours/4‐year program of study. To register as a psychologist, students need to complete an additional 2 year supervised work program, a combination of university coursework as a fifth year and one‐year supervised work program, or a Master's or Professional Doctoral program (Littlefield, ; http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australian Psychologist Wiley

Increasing Psychological Literacy and Work Readiness of Australian Psychology Undergraduates through a Capstone and Work‐Integrated Learning Experience: Current Issues and What Needs to be Done

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Wiley
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© 2018 The Australian Psychological Society
ISSN
0005-0067
eISSN
1742-9544
D.O.I.
10.1111/ap.12309
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Abstract

What is already known on this topicMost students who undertake undergraduate training in psychology will not become psychologists.There is a mismatch between student expectations and the practical application of undergraduate training.Psychology graduates who secure employment work in a broad range of occupations.What this paper addsAn overview of the available literature exploring the strengths of capstone and work integrated learning (WIL) courses.An update on how capstone and WIL courses enhance the work readiness needs of undergraduate psychology students.Recommendations for educators regarding the future of undergraduate psychology education.Psychology remains one of the most popular fields of higher education in Australia. However, the vast majority of undergraduate students do not continue on to post‐graduate training programs or register as professional psychologists, with estimated reports as high as 66% (Borden & Rajecki, ; Cranney & Dunn, ; O'Connor & Hansen, ; Upton & Trapp, ). Australian undergraduate psychology programs are traditionally a 3‐year degree, with students competing for entry into an honours/4‐year program of study. To register as a psychologist, students need to complete an additional 2 year supervised work program, a combination of university coursework as a fifth year and one‐year supervised work program, or a Master's or Professional Doctoral program (Littlefield, ;

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Australian PsychologistWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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