ERIC Number: ED429255
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
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A Quantitative and Qualitative Study of Role Discrepancy among Florida School Psychologists: A Survey of Actual/Preferred Roles and Functions.
DeSimone, Angelo J.
Data on practicing school psychologists (N=211) were derived from a modified version of the National School Psychologists Questionnaire to determine the characteristics of Florida school psychologists. Significant differences were found between the actual and preferred time (in hours) that Florida school psychologists engaged in job functions, which were identified as assessment, counseling, consultation, research, and "other services." Further analysis revealed no difference in time spent in the main roles either as a function of the age or income level of the school psychologist. However, females reportedly performed more assessments than did males. The degree level of the psychologist was positively associated with the amount of time in the counseling role. The psychologist-to-pupil ratio affected the amount of time spent in assessment and counseling. Qualitative analysis of focus group comments revealed that trends and movements within the profession have had little impact on daily service delivery. The most frequently reported areas of role discrepancy mentioned in the focus groups related to testing and assessment services, the inclusion movement, the reauthorization of Individuals with Disabilities Act in 1997, and Florida funding issues. Appendix A is a table of time spent in subdomain roles. Appendix B is the Focus Group Topology Flow Chart. (Contains 2 tables and 39 references.) (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Florida
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act