Professional Problems in Psychology

Professional Problems in Psychology

Professional Problems in Psychology

Professional Problems in Psychology

Excerpt

In preparing this book, we had in mind the needs of the graduate student in working toward a professional status in psychology and also the continuing needs of the psychologist actively engaged in one or more of the many divisions of our science. The professional psychologist will find it most useful as a reference book, and the graduate student will find it organized in such a manner as to permit use as a textbook. Certain parts of the book will be informative for the undergraduate who is considering psychology as a career.

The three areas covered in the major sections of this book -- literature search, scientific reports, and professionalization -- include knowledgeable material and skills which the student is expected to master. Unfortunately our graduate schools heretofore have provided little in the form of guided instruction in these problems. To be sure, the typical graduate student learns some of these things incidentally in carrying on his academic and research programs, but such incidental learning frequently results in some inefficient habits at best; seldom are the skills learned when first needed.

Although the successes and failures coming from direct experiences in the student's attempts at professional-like activities are of undoubted value, the initial efforts of reading, writing, and socialization into a career can lead to more efficient learning and certainly can be more rewarding if a comprehensive source of information and guidance is provided. In short, these are tool skills deserving the same attention we give to the teaching of such skills as research design, test administration, apparatus construction, statistical analysis, and others traditionally included in the graduate program.

For the psychologist beyond his professional degree this volume will serve as a ready reference to a variety of professional activities. Our experience indicates that psychologists' familiarity with the . . .

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