ERIC Number: ED091451
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
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Psychological Services to Spanish Speaking Children in the Schools of Chicago.
Mullen, Frances A.
This paper describes the work of, and the problems associated with, the bi-lingual psychologists whom the Chicago public schools employ to serve children who speak little or no English, and the teachers and administrators of the schools in which these children are enrolled. As introduction, the paper briefly sketches the total psychological program of the 150 psychologists who serve almost a half million children. The bi-lingual psychologist, native to a Spanish speaking area and fluent in English, makes his special contributions through his accurate assessment of the abilities and achievements of Spanish speaking children, through correcting previous, perhaps erroneous, assessments, through interpreting the needs and the cultural and emotional patterns of Latin children and parents to school people, through assisting in the planning of more effective educational patterns of service, and in evaluating the effectiveness of programs in progress, Difficulties in recruitment of qualified bi-lingual psychologists and uncertainties in the varied federal support plans have limited the effective use of such persons to a few areas of severe need. Needs for the future include: (1) great expansion of numbers of truly bi-lingual psychologists; (2) upgrading of qualifications; (3) use of the bi-lingual psychologists in formal and informal in-service training of teachers, administrators and Anglo psychologists; and, (4) broadening of the outlook and functions of the bi-lingual psychology staff. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois