ERIC Number: ED406594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Recycling the Basics for Evolving Schools: Psychologists as Fulcrums for Leveraging Improved Schooling.
French, Joseph L.
As psychologists meet with educators to discuss the needs of various children, they bring different pedagogical backgrounds to the table. The body of psychological theory and science the psychologists have is essential, imperative, and indispensable to effective schooling. The diagnostic skills of psychologists are essential and not available to other school personnel. Psychologists are major players in diagnosing individual educational problems and in developing programs to ameliorate or, at least, minimize them. Periodic re-evaluation by both psychologists and educators is essential--classification as "exceptional" should not be in perpetuity. Psychologists, especially those prepared in the scientist-practitioner model, should be helpful in evaluating proposed programs for individuals or groups. In addition, psychologists: (1) have group leadership and management skills; (2) help to bridge the distance between schools and homes; (3) are familiar with the array of services available from nonschool sources; and (4) are teachers when they provide instruction to professional personnel, paraprofessional personnel, individuals or groups on topics such as communicating with parents, behavioral contraction, or crisis management. Psychological service units, providing for diversification of service, should be used to perform all these activities. Due to the volume of services needed in schools, the role of doctoral-level personnel needs to be re-examined. (JBJ)
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Note: In: Making Psychologists in Schools Indispensable: Critical Questions and Emerging Perspectives. Greensboro, NC. ERIC Counseling and Student Services Clearinghouse, 1996. p15-19; see CG 027 464.