Title

Undergraduate Psychology's Scientific Identity Dilemma: Student and Instructor Interests and Attitudes

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2014

Abstract

Could the same interests that draw many students to psychology also predict departure from the major? I present a comparison of students and instructors with respect to professional interests and views of the scientific nature of psychology (Study 1) and an examination of the link between student interests and persistence in the major (Study 2). Instructors more than students tend to view psychology as scientific, instructors report greater scientist interests whereas students are more interested in practitioner activities, and students with the greatest interest in practitioner activities are actually at increased risk of changing majors. Psychology departments may need to find a curricular balance between scientific emphasis and student satisfaction. © 2014, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.

Publication Name

Teaching of Psychology

Volume Number

41

First Page

104

Last Page

109

Issue Number

2

DOI

10.1177/0098628314530339

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