Help Wanted: More Research on Psychology's History

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 64. Reviews the book, Teaching Psychology in America: A History edited by Antonio E. Puente, Janet R. Matthews, and Charles L. Brewer (1992). This volume, stimulated by the recent celebration of the centennial of the American Psychological Association (APA), contributes to the chronicle of psychology's history by addressing the history of change in the content of the psychology taught, the outstanding teachers and their methods of teaching, and organized psychology's concern for this critical activity. The 22 chapters raise issues that should stimulate fresh historical research. The five sections under which the chapters are organized provide a loose framework for the diverse topics An overview by Thomas McGovern describes the academic climates of higher education through which psychology has evolved. His discussion provides a larger context for the rest of the volume and raises questions to be answered by a more detailed examination of the influence of the academic context on the nature of psychology, its status, and its place in different kinds of institutions. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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