ERIC Number: ED406598
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Five Themes To Enhance the Value of Psychology to Schools.
Abidin, Richard R.
Psychology as a profession and the American educational system are in a major period of transition. Transitions influencing the American education system are: (1) an increasingly diverse multicultural society; (2) rapid changes in the work place; (3) changes in American society; (4) civil rights legislation; and (5) rising costs associated education. Transitions influencing the American psychological system are: (1) expanding school psychologists roles and required skills demand enhanced levels of training; (2) psychologists in private and agency practices have come to recognize the need for involvement with schools in work with children and families; and (3) recent development of managed health care systems in combination with the rapid rise of other mental health professionals has created a competitive market place. Five themes that represent directions for change designed to enhance the perception of psychology in the schools are: (1) service for all teachers, students, and parents; (2) individual problem-solving versus categorical classification; (3) restructuring special education; (4) involving parents; and (5) evaluation of services and outcomes. If the guiding principle of psychology's improvement in the schools is the support and enhancement of the education system, then the inevitable outcome will be that psychology will be seen as an indispensable partner. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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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. p41-48; see CG 027 464.