ERIC Number: EJ1069363
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
The Development of Intercultural Competency in School Psychology Graduate Students
Davies, Susan C.; Lewis, Abigail A.; Anderson, Amy E.; Bernstein, Elana R.
School Psychology International, v36 n4 p375-392 Aug 2015
School psychologists often have the opportunity to work with students and families from varied backgrounds and cultures. While this can be an exciting and enriching part of the job, it can also be daunting for some practitioners, particularly those who are inadequately prepared. A number of strategies have been implemented in school psychology training programs to improve students' intercultural competency. This exploratory study investigated the results of one university's short-term study abroad program for school psychology graduate students. Pre- and post- intercultural development assessments were given to school psychology graduate students who completed a course abroad; results were compared to students who took the same course on campus in the United States. Findings indicated that there was no measurable growth in intercultural competence in either group. Implications for school psychology training programs, suggestions for future research, and ways to improve intercultural competency among school psychologists are discussed.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, School Psychology, Competency Based Education, Intercultural Programs, Study Abroad, Training Methods, Sensitivity Training, Pretests Posttests, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Achievement Gains, Multicultural Education, Counseling Techniques, Counseling Psychology, Counselor Training, Mixed Methods Research, Cultural Awareness, Minimum Competency Testing, Content Analysis, Measures (Individuals)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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