ERIC Number: EJ864741
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 14
Preparing for the Future of School Psychology: A Special Educator's View
Gelzheiser, Lynn M.
Journal of Educational & Psychological Consultation, v19 n3 p259-266 2009
The "Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation" has assembled a series of thought-provoking responses to the National Association of School Psychologists' document "School Psychology: A Blueprint for Training and Practice III" (Ysseldyke et al., 2006) or "Blueprint III." Each of the responses addresses the limited effect of preservice experiences on the subsequent adoption of system-level roles among practicing school psychologists. Ysseldyke, Burns, and Rosenfeld; Conoley, Conoley, and Reese; and Kaniuka offer specific hypotheses as to factors that limit generalization from professional education to practice and propose educational experiences that might result in "Blueprint III" having a broader effect on professional practice in school psychology. Meyers, Roach, and Meyers raise the question of whether different levels of professional education should result in different professional roles, arguing that a three-year graduate program is insufficient to prepare school psychologists for system-level roles. There are far too many insightful ideas in these articles for this author to respond to all of them. Instead, she has chosen to focus on one or more unique contributions from each article and shares some thoughts about the gap between preprofessional education and professional practice. The author comments from her own perspective as a special educator and draws upon research regarding the efficacy of preservice education for aspiring teachers.
Descriptors: Counselor Training, School Psychologists, School Psychology, Special Education Teachers, Professional Education, Graduate Study, Employment Qualifications, Practicums
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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