ERIC Number: ED443061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
ClassMaps: Making Mentally Healthy Classrooms Promotes Academic Success.
Zucker, Steven; Brehm, Katherine; Doll, Beth
ClassMaps is a whole class mental health consultation model that makes the social and emotional elements of classrooms visible so that educators can assess the impact of affective supports they provide. By redirecting school psychologists' visions to the school and class contexts within which students with disabilities are included, ClassMaps fosters the academic success of fully-included students with disabilities without singling them out for pull-aside services. This paper describes the process of validating the model in elementary schools and discusses how collaborative consultation has been employed. The field test involved creating a valid, reliable, and user-friendly downward extension of the model of mental health services for primary level students. The surveys used examined student-teacher relationship, home-work relationship, peer relationships, academic efficacy, and self-determination. Overall, results appear promising. The consultation process involved having consultants participate in a classroom and then rating their observations. Later on, teachers and consultants met so that teachers could ask questions and express concerns about the probes being used in the study. At the end of the project teachers appeared to be moderately satisfied. Directions for the future of ClassMaps are discussed. (MKA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Counselor Teacher Cooperation, Disabilities, Educational Environment, Elementary Education, Mental Health, Models, School Psychologists
Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association of School Psychologists (New Orleans, LA, March 28-April 1, 2000).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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