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Professor receives grant to create Web site for psych educators

 

September 22, 2011

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KANSAS CITY, Mo - - The idea grew out of the old axiom, there’s strength in numbers.

Marcia Pasqualini, chair of Avila University’s Department of Psychology, was doing just fine with her own program, but often thought, what would be the advantages of collaborating with other professors and teachers of psychology at the collegiate and high school levels throughout the Kansas City area? Now, because of her recent proposal to - and grant received from - the Association for Psychological Science (APS), she’s going to get the chance to find out.

Pasqualini’s project proposal was entitled, PsychologyKC.com: Connecting Psychology Educators in the Kansas City Area, and its aim is just that. She wants to create an interactive Web site for high school, community college and college psychology educators in Kansas City and surrounding areas. The Web site will provide region-specific information, resources and forums, leading to greater in-person interaction and collaboration among educators in the region. It’s meant to connect faculty across all levels of psychology education, complementing rather than replacing existing online resources.

To that end, Pasqualini recently was awarded a $5,000 grant from the APS Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science to get her project off the ground.

“Right now, I’m compiling a database of all the psychology teachers in the region,” Pasqualini said.

From that group, Pasqualini said she plans to organize a focus group workshop in January to discuss what the Web site will eventually look like. From there, she and a graduate assistant will develop the site and hope to launch by April, 2012.

Proposed content ideas, Pasqualini said, include announcements of events, requests for collaboration, region-specific teaching materials, forums and contests.

“By having greater collaboration among psychology teachers, we can promote psychology as a major,” she said. “And, it’s a two-way street. Colleges can benefit from knowing what high school teachers are teaching, and vice versa.”

 

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Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.