Victorian teachers of Psychology views: connecting with the Victorian and Australian Science curricula via teaching of psychology concepts with science practices

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In 2019, all Australian states and territories, except NSW, will teach senior psychology. Queensland is the latest state to introduce psychology and, like WACE, SACE, VCE and NT, it is part of Science. This paper explores the views of 11 Victorian teachers of Psychology on a ‘psychological science’ framework designed to support their teaching of psychology concepts with the science practices that inform these concepts. The selected science practices are included within the Australian Science curriculum. The teachers were introduced to the framework during a workshop in which they undertook a curriculum mapping exercise and critiqued the framework. Three months later, teachers were interviewed to follow up their views and use of the framework since the workshop. The data were thematically analysed. Teachers’ views and experiences were built around four themes, one of them using the framework to promote connections with the intended curriculum (VCE Psychology Study Designs and Australian and Victorian F-10 Science curricula). Value and constraints of the framework are discussed, including teachers’ views around familiarity with the science practices within the current psychology curricula, connecting discrete sections of the curriculum together, and making stronger connections with Australian and Victorian Science curricula. Implications for psychology’s place in the curriculum are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventAustralasian Science Education Research Association Conference 2018 - Surfers Paradise, Australia
Duration: 26 Jun 201829 Jun 2018
Conference number: 49th


ConferenceAustralasian Science Education Research Association Conference 2018
Abbreviated titleASERA 2018
CitySurfers Paradise


  • teachers of psychology
  • teaching psychology
  • psychology curriculum

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