ERIC Number: ED446304
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar-30
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How Psychologists Can Reduce Testing through Solution-Focused Teacher In-Services.
Engel, Ned; Parker, Kristin; Caci, Kelly; Currie, Amity; DeCato, Patty; Faustino, Peter J.
A model of in-service teacher training was designed to facilitate staff receptivity, and to help redirect teachers away from a problem view of students' behaviors and towards a solution-focused perspective. The model helps orient teachers to an ecological view of students' problem behaviors. The solution-focused perspective means teachers approach problems by looking at competencies instead of deficiencies. It emphasizes positive change and does not attempt to determine the cause of the behavior. The model serves as a change agent and offers hopeful possibilities. Workshop activities are used to demonstrate the solution-focused approach. A script for role-play is included which can be used to help foster the development of the ecological perspective. The outcome from the use of the model was that the number of referrals for assessment to the school psychologists was reduced at the elementary and middle school levels because teachers had more tools to solve problems on their own. (JDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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