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ERIC Number: EJ1099270
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-9642
Ethics in School Psychologists Report Writing: Acknowledging Aporia
Attard, Sunaina; Mercieca, Daniela; Mercieca, Duncan P.
Ethics and Education, v11 n1 p55-66 2016
Research in school psychologist report writing has argued for reports that connect to the client's context; have clear links between the referral questions and the answers to these questions; have integrated interpretations; address client strengths and problem areas; have specific, concrete and feasible recommendations; and are adapted to the language and literacy level of the reader. The training of school psychologists involves attention to these factors. However, this paper argues that the experience of "aporia," as described by the French philosopher Jacques Derrida, is often removed from the process of report writing, as the aim seems to be to find a formula that works. We call for ethics which is concerned about the good life--this is a broader view than resorting to ethics only when faced with an ethical question. This paper, based on a small qualitative study of seven experienced school psychologists, highlights that psychologists in the process of report writing are caught in the aporia. This paper argues for the acknowledgement of aporia both in report writing and in the training of school psychologists.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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