ERIC Number: EJ788254
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 14
Are We Solving the Big Problems?
Shapiro, Edward S.
School Psychology Review, v35 n2 p260-265 2006
In 2000, as part of an invited symposium celebrating the start of the new millennium, the author was asked to write an article for "School Psychology Review" in which he tried to look ahead to where the field of school psychology needed to focus its energy in addressing the academic skills problems of children in schools. The article noted that despite the best efforts of educators, including school psychologists, the very large problems of illiteracy, poor levels of performance in math and science, and development of an educated workforce remain overwhelming concerns in the country. Methods to address these "big" problems lie primarily in the area of prevention science. School psychology's energies have often been devoted to the "little" problems at the level of individuals. His view as expressed in the article was that the time had come for their field to look for ways to build the competence and resilience of children that prevent the development of these big problems. He pointed out that such efforts had been ongoing already in multiple, nationally funded projects and that school psychology as a field needed to shift toward recognition of the importance of systemic change in both training and practice. He firmly believed at that time that the future of their field was dependent on such a shift. He continues to believe that shifting to systemic ways of thinking are critical to the future, and the present miniseries certainly offers a window into that future. Throughout the articles of this miniseries, readers are shown the range and wealth of the progress that has been made. The commonalities across these articles are evident in the four Cs of what matters in sustaining systemic change: "context", "conceptual model", "capacity building", and "collaboration".
Descriptors: Personality Traits, School Psychologists, Illiteracy, School Psychology, Academic Ability, Literacy, Academic Achievement, Prevention, High Risk Students, Cooperative Planning, Context Effect, Models, Change Strategies
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