ERIC Number: ED406603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Replacing Schools with Children: Making Psychologists Indispensable to Schools and Communities.
Short, Rick Jay
Society's concepts of children, schools, and communities are undergoing significant changes. These changes are reflected prominently in federal and state policy initiatives. Substantive, rather than political, indispensability, may require careful rethinking of school psychology's fundamental identity, training, and practice to match these changes. Psychology currently occupies a prominent role in at least two traditional areas of American education: (1) as a recognized foundation for preservice preparation of teachers and administrators, and (2) through federal legislation mandating psychological assessment of children experiencing difficulties in school to determine eligibility for special education services. However, psychology's continued relevance may depend on adapting to reconceptualized views of children and their problems, along with assumption of leadership in solving these problems. New models of school-based and -linked services will require new ways of delivering services across settings in ways that allow different disciplines and specialties to work in concert rather than in competition. Indispensability in the schools will be predicated on psychology's ability to establish itself as necessary beyond schools, to address complex, child-centered problems with manifestations and necessary intervention across settings and systems. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; 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. p71-76; see CG 027 464.