Resolving a Conflict between APA Learning Goals and APA Ethical Principles

Eric W. Corty

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Although American Psychological Association (APA) Ethical Standards make it clear that instructors cannot require students to disclose personal information in class-related activities, an APA learning goal for undergraduate psychology students is that they reflect on their experiences to develop insight into their behavior and mental processes. Thus, there is a conflict between APA learning goals and APA ethical principles. To increase awareness of this conflict and generate a discussion of ways to resolve it, I present one method of resolving it by having students convert papers that involve self-reflection into anonymous, unreadable papers before submitting them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-225
Number of pages3
JournalTeaching of Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • General Psychology


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