ERIC Number: ED406612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Expertise Makes Psychology in the Schools Indispensable.
Naglieri, Jack A.
To be indispensable, any professional who works within the school environment must have expertise that others do not have. In the case of psychologists in schools, they must be able to uncover, use, and communicate essential and necessary information about students which facilitates academic and personal growth either directly or indirectly and that cannot be obtained from others in the school system. Their knowledge base as well as interpersonal skills must be unique in that setting. A few major areas in which psychologists can demonstrate their uniqueness are: (1) assessment of intelligence or cognitive abilities, especially when translated into meaningful educational recommendations; (2) assessment of personality or social-emotional functioning that provides teachers and school staff with additional insight into the relationships between the child's behavior and emotional issues; and (3) facilitating a psychologically oriented educational atmosphere that has a scientific perspective when dealing with children's educational problems. However, psychologists in the schools must do more than just assess, because assessment is only the first step in solving the problems faced by children who are experiencing educational failure. (JBJ)
Descriptors: Cognitive Measurement, Counselor Teacher Cooperation, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Needs, Evaluation Utilization, Health Promotion, Personality Assessment, Prevention, Pupil Personnel Services, Pupil Personnel Workers, School Counseling, School Psychologists, Student Evaluation
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. p129-31; see CG 027 464.