The Handbook of International School Psychology
- Shane R. Jimerson - University of California at Santa Barbara, USA
- Thomas D. Oakland - University of Florida, Gainesville, USA, University of Texas at Austin, USA
- Peter T. Farrell - University of Manchester, UK
Applied Psychology (General) | Educational Counselling | International & Comparative Education
The chapters in this Handbook characterize the specialty of school psychology as one that collectively provides individual assessment of children who may display cognitive, emotional, social, or behavioral difficulties; develops and implements primary and secondary intervention programs; consults with teachers, parents and other relevant professionals; engages in program development and evaluation; conducts research; and helps prepare and supervise others. The Handbook also includes a section consisting of chapters that review the key considerations of school psychology internationally and trends influencing school psychology's international development, including: chapters that discuss the past, present, and future of the International School Psychology Association (ISPA); findings from the International School Psychology Survey that examine characteristics and responsibilities of school psychologists, and a summary and synthesis of the information in the Handbook.
This is an ideal resource for scholars, practitioners, and graduate students interested in acquiring an international view of school psychology along with psychology, education— including special education, and mental health.
"The Handbook has many strengths and will be useful to several groups of scholars, both within and outside of psychology. The Handbook also highlights context in a way that is often ignored in psychology. The Handbook fills an important niche in the literature on the practice of psychology in schools. It moves beyond the international surveys, which answer broad questions that are mostly demographic, to engaging individuals across the globe in conceptualizing the role that psychology does and should play in their specific context. As such, this Handbook is well worth reading by students and researchers interested in the diverse incarnations of school psychology around the world."
This handbook offers 43 clearly written essays on current school psychology in countries ranging from Albania to Zimbabwe. All are excellent introductions to and overviews of school psychology within these countries, and the countries themselves. Information is densely packed, literate, and highly informative. The contributors, all experts in their home countries, offer ideas that can be adapted elsewhere. Summing Up: Recommended.