ERIC Number: ED406617
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Kamphaus, Randy W.
School psychologists have considerable measurement expertise when compared to physicians, social workers, and other professionals delivering psychological services to schools and children. However, psychologists are far from qualified to portray themselves as measurement experts. It is important to know psychologists' boundaries of measurement competence for both ethical and professional development reasons. If psychologists can identify preservice and inservice training needs for developing measurement competence then they can become a repository of measurement expertise. Psychologists can become measurement experts which would put them in the position to deliver services that are indispensable to schools. Psychologists should consider merging measurement and consultation skills in order to deliver more measurement services through an indirect service delivery model. Psychologists' advanced behavioral science training allows them to answer important questions about a variety of measurement issues of interest to educational professionals and parents. Measurement consultation services must be highly visible and valued by many constituencies in order for them to become sought out by schools. Psychologists' challenge is to not spend an inordinate amount of time protecting existing services but, rather, they must innovate at a rate that ensures the value of the profession. (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. p153-58; see CG 027 464.