ERIC Number: ED425396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Teachers' Perceptions of School Psychologists' Existing and Potential Roles.
Peterson, Kathleen A.; Waldron, Daryl J.; Paulson, Sharon E.
School psychologists are trained to work with a wide variety of students and school personnel. Unfortunately, their role has often been narrowly defined by legal issues and by administrators and teachers who do not understand the potential of school psychologists. This study investigated whether teachers are currently turning to school psychologists for aid, how often they are doing so, and in what capacity. By learning what it is that teachers want from them, school psychologists can better fulfill the roles most needed by educators. Results indicate teachers feel comfortable working with school psychologists and believe they could gain good suggestions regarding teaching practices from them. However, the number of interactions reported was small, likely due to the limited availability of psychologists in the schools and the fact that many teachers do not believe services outside of assessment are a part of the psychologist's job. Implications of these findings for school psychologists and educational reform are discussed, as well as types of information and interventions in which teachers seem most interested. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists (30th, Orlando, FL, April 14-18).