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New: European Society for Psychology Learning and Teaching - ESPLAT
ESPLAT is a new body - the European Society for Psychology Learning and Teaching, founded at the 2018 EuroPLAT conference in Salzburg.
Its aim is to advance the learning and teaching of psychology at all educational levels, including pre-university level in schools, and to provide a forum for researchers and teachers of psychology. ESPLAT will continue the EuroPLAT tradition of scholarly exchange on Psychology learning and teaching and to this end the first conference under the auspices of ESPLAT will be held on 25-27 September 2019 in Utrecht, Netherlands.
EFPTA 2018 Conference in Reykjavik, 13-14 April! This Conference has now taken place...
Thank you to everyone who participated - keynote speakers, workshop presenters, and all delegates! Psychology teachers and others interested in psychology education at pre-university / high school level, from 14 countries, gathered to discuss and share information, expertise and ideas on teaching psychology to young people.
The theme was 'Psychology for everyone - the value of psychology education for young people' and the event was hosted by the Icelandic psychology teachers’ association - Samtöksálfræði- oguppeldisfræðikennara. One of the highlights of the Conference was an excellent presentation by Icelandic high school students.
If you missed this EFPTA Conference, make sure you don't miss the next one - watch this space for news of EFPTA 2020!
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EFPTA at EuroPlat 2017, Salzburg
EFPTA had a strong presence at the flagship European Psychology Learning and Teaching (EuroPlat) conference, held in September 2017 in Salzburg, against a backdrop of the fabulous scenery of the Austrian Alps! EFPTA members Lenka Sokolová (Slovakia), Morag Williamson (Scotland) and Jock McGinty (England & Wales) gave a symposium on "Journeys to psychology: different perspectives on pre-tertiary teaching of psychology in Europe". In the chair was Prof. Dr. Stephan Dutke, Chair of the EFPA Board of Educational Affairs, which hosted the session jointly with EFPTA. The presentations were followed by Q & A, and lively discussion amongst delegates!
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EFPTA Board meetings: 2017 and 2018
We hold Board meetings twice a year, in spring and autumn. Location of meetings is usually a major European city and is largely determined by availability of flights from member countries.
The autumn 2017 EFPTA Board meeting was held in Prague on 3-4 November 2017. Many thanks to the Czech Republic psychologists' association for their help in organising this event, as hosts of the EFPA "European Semester", July-December 2018.
We welcomed new Finnish representatives Helena Haranen and Teija Jokinen-Luopa, and said a sad goodbye to long-standing Adviser Marjatta Lehtovirta. President Harpa Hafsteinsdóttir presented her with a gift in appreciation of her work with the Board over the years.
The next meeting will be held on 13 April 2018 in Reykjavík, prior to the start of the EFPTA Conference. Provisional dates and venue for the autumn 2018 meeting are: 2-3 November, Prague. Any member of an EFPTA member association is welcome to attend Board meetings as an observer; please use the Contact page to ask for more details.
US: creating the best future for high school psychology education
APA Summit website, including videos from the opening remarks
and three keynote addresses
EFPTA Board: elected members for 2017-19
At the Board meeting in Luxembourg on 1 April 2017, members elected new President Harpa Hafsteinsdóttir and Vice-President Lenka Sokolová (Harpa is second from left and Lenka third from left). Wolfgang Augustin was re-elected as Treasurer, and Morag Williamson as Secretary. Retiring President Hannele Puolakka was warmly thanked by Board members for her work over the past two years, as well as her contribution to EFPTA for several years previously, and incoming President Harpa presented her with a token of our gratitude.
New network for psychology student teachers in Europe
In April 2016 a group of three psychology teacher students from Germany - Maike Stückemann, Martin Behrendt and Sarah Längler(pictured left) - met as part of the EFPTA conference in Prague, which takes place every two years. They are planning to build a network of psychology student teachers named European Network of Psychology Students and Teachers (ENPST). It will be for psychology students, student teachers, teachers and everyone else who is interested in teaching psychology.
The aims/benefits of this network will be to:
- exchange information regarding teaching psychology
- provide help during semester abroad (if applicable)
- provide news of actual events
- develop a closer relationship between students
- maintain and develop contacts
If you are interested to be part or to help to develop this network, please:
- join the Facebook group: European Network of Psychology Students and Teachers (ENPST)
- or contact Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org) .