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ERIC Number: ED411499
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct-29
Pages: 18
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Psychologists in New Schools: A New Role Definition.
Sparks, Elizabeth
No longer is it appropriate to explain school failure by stating that some children are too disadvantaged to succeed. Schools must find a way to meet the needs of all children and strategies in which school psychologists, working in collaboration with educators and school administrators, can meet these needs are discussed in this paper. It is argued that a new role for school psychologists is required, one that enables them to join with others in restructuring the schools. Detailed here are the traditional roles for psychologists in the schools, such as crisis intervention, counseling students, and testing children, and the need to expand this role. One way to achieve this expansion is through an integrated service model, which is outlined. Discussed also are school-based health clinics and a model developed by James Comer. A case example elaborates on the rationale for counselors assuming a new role. Following this case study, an explication of what this new role for psychologists entails is discussed, with a focus on roles that enable psychologists to be active members of an administrative team. It is argued that psychologists, educators, and administrators have the knowledge to design programs that meet the needs of students. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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