European Foundation of Psychology Teachers' Associations (EFPTA) Biennial Conference (20th Anniversary) - Invited Keynote

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Keynote: Valuing psychology teachers' expertise for teaching students in the modern day - Karen Marangio

Today’s contemporary world presents an array of personal, local and global challenges that cannot be adequately addressed by any single school subject. Psychology education can play a crucial role in addressing these intricate issues. Since a common goal of psychology education is to develop students’ psychological literacy to meet personal, professional and societal needs, careful (re)consideration of ways this looks like in school contexts to meet today’s challenges is required. At the heart of such work are the teachers of psychology and their central role as curriculum makers. Drawing from Australian research, Karen will discuss why valuing teachers’ professional expertise is essential for elevating psychology education within schools, whether offered as a distinct or integrated subject. Schools, curriculum authorities and curriculum brokers, including professional teacher associations, such as EFPTA, present ideal opportunities to encourage teacher collaboration and innovative research-inspired practice. Taking climate education as an illustrative example, Karen will consider ways forward to understand the pedagogical considerations and conditions for enabling psychology teachers to teach in ways that foster more hopeful, just, and sustainable future ways of life, as recommended by United Nations’ Agenda 2030.
Period18 Apr 202422 Apr 2024
Event typeConference
Conference number20
LocationHelsinki, PolandShow on map


  • Psychology teacher
  • Teacher expertise
  • curriculum making
  • climate change education
  • Psychology education