ERIC Number: ED406596
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
The Educare Psychologist: Re-Inventing School Psychology and Schools for the 21st Century.
Psychology is changing dramatically as the year 2000 approaches. This is especially true of most practice fields due, in significant part, to the growth of managed care. More importantly, school psychology is now, and will increasingly be, influenced by changes in schooling itself that promise to re-design American education from the bottom-up. In light of these education and health care changes, it is proposed that school psychology reinvent itself as a broader discipline, formally encompassing the full range of psychological issues in education including the health care of students, the psychology of learning and teaching, and the social life of schools. The name "school psychology" is seen as too restrictive; to capture this broader definition as well as the "caring" aspect vis-a-vis both education and health, the term "educare psychology" is proposed. This new title would incorporate educational aspects of counseling, family, health, and educational/instructional psychology. In addition to the title change and role expansion, other recommended changes are to: (1) eliminate or reduce dramatically a host of questionable items in the training of new educare psychologists (such as projective techniques, intelligence testing, and psychodynamic psychology); and (2) adapt to the slow demise of public schooling as it is currently known. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Making Psychologists in Schools Indispensable: Critical Questions and Emerging Perspectives. Greensboro, NC. ERIC Counseling and Student Services Clearinghouse, 1996. p31-33; see CG 027 464.