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From psychology as a discipline to psychology as a profession

When psychology changed from being an academic discipline to a profession, it incurred many of the negative attributes of commercial organizations; the principal one being a shift in focus from subject expertise, silo thinking and regulatory rituals. The general assumption … Continue reading

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America’s reading problem vs the dyslexia debate: the hegemony of the /right/, institutional inertia and radicalisation

In literate societies writing (and reading) defines our sense of self. It is therefore worth taking Gillian Tett’s ‘America’s reading problem’ FT.COM MAGAZINE December 19 /20 2015′ further in a wider educational, economic and political context. However I’d best start … Continue reading

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TEDx Salford IV: Festival of the Mind: A handedness meta-perspective

All of last Sunday’s TEDx Salford Festival of the Mind sessions (http://www.tedxsalford.com/) were thoroughly thought provoking. However, for those interested in the link between minds and hands there is another, greater-than-the sum-of the-parts, meta-perspective worth commenting on. Up to the … Continue reading

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Alex Polizzi and Gordon Ramsay: progressive problem shifting exemplars?

Neither Alex Polizzi nor Gordon Ramsay are known as cognitive behavioural therapists nor advocates of ‘the talking cures’. And yet anyone who has watched Alex Polizzi in her role as The Fixer on TV’s BBC 2 or Gordon Ramsay in … Continue reading

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Wilshaw’s focus on teachers and teaching rather than learners and learning is misplaced

Sir Michael Wilshaw has launched an online at-a-glance report card for each school, which he wants governors to use to hold head teachers to account. And in order to incentivize them he wants govenors to be paid. So having ‘blamed’ teachers, … Continue reading

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BPS condemns expert’s action-research practice.

Faigman argues that as a general matter the various types of expert testimony courts see can be divided roughly into five categories. In summary: In the first category are experts who propose to testify to a general or specific scientific … Continue reading

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The NHS isn’t the only organisation to impose gagging orders: the BPS does so too

The NHS isn’t the only organization to impose gagging orders on its staff. The BPS has effectively done so on at least one of its members since 2006. For what can only be described as self-serving reasons the British Psychological … Continue reading

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Is the description ‘reflecting, theorising and modelling practitioner’ gobbledegook? The British Psychological Society says “Yes”.

Is the attribution ‘reflecting, theorising and modelling practitioner’ gobbleydegook? The British Psychological Society (BPS) believes it is. Since these attributes, used separately, describe how the BPS itself operates the question arises as to why it should regard the concatenation to … Continue reading

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Professional expertise: canonical texts vs breadth and depth of experience

Academic disciplines are defined to a large extent by their canonical texts. The professions are likewise defined by their regulatory texts. The strength of such texts is that they provide both a to-be-shared world-view and an interpretive vocabulary. It is … Continue reading

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Anti-innovation mind sets

I’m not a lone voice in condemning the ‘keep it simple -stupid’ and ‘anti-innovation’ mind-set found in so many UK institutions; from education, through industry to research. Today’s Financial Times (February 5 / 6) has three relevant letters: two on … Continue reading

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