ERIC Number: EJ721337
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
Reference Count: 28
Some Thoughts on the Perceptions of the Role of Educational Psychologists in Early Childhood Intervention
Eloff, I.; Maree, J. G.; Ebersohn, L.
Early Child Development and Care, v176 n2 p111-127 Feb 2006
The importance of early childhood intervention in a developing country is indisputable. Even though we have a relatively clear idea of what effective early childhood intervention (ECI) means, there are still uncertainties about the roles of professionals in this ever-changing field. In South Africa we face particular challenges because of huge disparities in the system. Within this context educational psychologists need to find ways in which to make constructive contributions. To explore this question a study was undertaken to find out what educational psychologists can and are doing in early childhood intervention. Three focus groups were conducted, involving educational psychologists and transdisciplinary representatives who work in the field of ECI. Results indicate a number of trends, for example the perception that educational psychologists are making increasing use of an asset-based approach, focusing on learning and teaching, and an increased emphasis on their role in ECI within a context of group work, prevention and a focus on the community.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Psychologists, Intervention, Young Children, Focus Groups, Educational Psychology, Prevention, Child Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa; South Africa