ERIC Number: EJ864969
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
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Applied Systemic Theory and Educational Psychology: Can the Twain Ever Meet?
Pellegrini, Dario W.
Educational Psychology in Practice, v25 n3 p271-286 Sep 2009
This article reflects on the potential benefits of applying systemic theory to the work of educational psychologists (EPs). It reviews developments in systemic thinking over time, and discusses the differences between more directive "first order" versus collaborative "second order" approaches. It considers systemic theories and illustrates their application in educational psychology practice through a case study. It assesses current engagement of EPs with systemic thinking, based on published literature. It hypothesises about barriers that EPs may encounter when attempting to use systemic approaches in their work, as well as possible solutions and their implications. (Contains 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Psychologists, Systems Approach, Case Studies, Barriers, Questioning Techniques, Children, Foreign Countries, Educational Psychology, Pupil Personnel Services, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Role, Special Needs Students, Intervention
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom