Introduction to the Special Section: Teaching the Psychology of Men – A Call to Action

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Abstract

Teaching the psychology of men is a critical area for psychology but underdeveloped as a pedagogical discipline. The goal of this special section is to make a “call to action” to increase the number of courses taught in the psychology of men. The history and current status of teaching the psychology of men are discussed and the slow evolution of the discipline over the last 2 decades is analyzed. Five rationales are presented explaining why teaching the psychology of men is important. How the teaching the psychology of men relates to multiculturalism and social justice are discussed, and the personal and political aspects of this pedagogy are described as important classroom issues. Alliances with other specialties in psychology are recommended to further develop the psychology of men curriculum and increase the number of courses taught. The pragmatics of teaching the psychology of men is defined by 2 teaching paradigms that demonstrate the complexity when preparing and implementing courses. The 4 manuscripts and the 2 reactors’ critiques of the special section are described. Future discussion about teaching the psychology of men is recommended with the hope that more courses are developed nationally and internationally.

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