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ERIC Number: EJ1110650
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2168-3603
Changing Conceptualization of the Role of Educational Psychologists in Singapore
Kit, Phey Ling; Garces-Bacsal, Rhoda Myra; Burgetova, Kristina
International Journal of School & Educational Psychology, v4 n3 p187-200 2016
Psychology is a young discipline in Singapore. Hence, perceptions of the roles and responsibilities of an educational psychologist (EP) are still constantly being negotiated and redefined. This qualitative study examined how role negotiations and redefinitions could be actively facilitated through an experiential and intensive two-day Basic Counseling Skills training course. This course was attended by eight trainee EPs enrolled in the only master's-level educational psychology training program in Singapore. A grounded analysis of their pre- and posttraining qualitative questionnaires and focus group discussion revealed the group's evolving conceptualizations about the role of an EP from that of a mere test administrator to a recognition of the need for a more systemic approach in providing intervention. The EPs also recognized their lack of capacity to respond to emotionally distressed parents with compassion and sensitivity, and acknowledged the value of basic counseling skills training. Implications for training and future research are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore
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