Secondary psychology and professional associations: the Australian context

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Psychology is a very popular science study in senior secondary schools in most parts of Australia, and is now taught in all Australian states and territories except New South Wales, which is the only jurisdiction not to offer psychology. Psychology is not part of The Australian Curriculum nor Foundation (Prep) to Year 10 curriculum in any curriculum jurisdiction, although many schools recognise its importance and offer it anyway, especially at Year 9 and 10. Psychology’s marginalised place in the curricula has flow on effects for the teachers who teach it (Marangio, 2019). Teachers are passionate about teaching psychology and would like to take an active role in professional teacher associations but opportunities are limited and differ across Australia. This paper considers the potential of events, such as AusPLAT, and engagement with psychology and teacher associations to open up exciting possibilities in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventAustralian Psychology Learning and Teaching (AusPLaT) Conference 2021 - University of Newcastle (online), Newcastle, Australia
Duration: 17 Sept 202119 Sept 2021
Conference number: 3rd


ConferenceAustralian Psychology Learning and Teaching (AusPLaT) Conference 2021
Abbreviated titleAusPLaT 2021


  • secondary school psychology
  • teaching of psychology
  • teachers of psychology
  • professional teacher associations
  • professional psychological associations

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