ERIC Number: ED214068
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Research Trends in School Psychology: 1974-1980.
Clark, Julia H.; Reynolds, Cecil R.
A major avenue for dissemination of information among members of a profession is via the professional, scholarly literature published in the major journals within a field. If the role of the school psychologist is changing, this change should be reflected in the current literature. An earlier study traced the published issues and concerns appearing in the major school psychology journals from 1963-1973 and classified each article in one of 16 categories as determined by the major theme of the paper. Research articles appearing in five major journals from 1974-1980 were reviewed and placed in one of the 16 categories. A chi-square analysis was used to determine whether years differed in relative distribution of observations across the categories. Spearman's rho correlation coefficients were calculated for the rank order of categories between each pair of years allowing for comparison of the current data with previous data. Results indicated a significant change in content of articles published over the seven-year period. Articles concerning instrument development and validation accounted for the relatively largest percentage of total articles published in the 1974-1980 period and had continued to increase since the 1967-1973 period. The findings indicate that areas most closely related to psychological testing and referral as well as the proper role and practice of school psychology have increased and tend to dominate the school psychology literature. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981).