The Teaching of Psychology in Southeast Asia: Towards Regional Standards of Psychology Education

[Speaker] Tarroja, Maria Caridad:1
[Co-author] Bernardo, Allan B. I:2, Goh, Chee Leong:3, Purwono, Urip:4
1:De La Salle University Manila (Philippines), 2:University of Macau (Macao), 3:HELP University (Malaysia), 4:Universitas Padjadjaran (Indonesia)

The Southeast Asian Region represents ten countries with distinct but related languages, cultures, histories, and educational systems. The teaching and study of psychology across these countries also has different histories, typically related to the colonial roots of formal higher education in these countries. But recent developments include moves to both indigenize and to internationalize the study of psychology. Local movements create differences in current curriculum structures and objectives, and also develop different but overlapping sets of competencies for psychologists in the region. The integration of economies in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has prompted discussions on common competency and training standards for ASEAN psychologists. The ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Societies has committed to working towards regional standards in the Surabaya Declaration of 2015. The presentation will discuss the principles and process that guide this work, and the progress and challenges encountered thus far.
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