Volume 24, Issue 1 (1995)
School Psychology Practitioners and Faculty: 1986 to 1991-92 - Trends in Demographics, Roles, Satisfaction, and System Reform
Daniel J. Reschly, Marilyn S. Wilson
Abstract: Results from 1986 and 199192 surveys of school psychology practitioners and faculty were analyzed regarding changes in demographic characteristics, role preferences, delivery system reform attitudes, and job satisfaction. Trends in practitioner and faculty characteristics are in the direction of (a) increasing age, (b) women dominating in practitioner and men dominating in faculty positions, (c) continued emphasis on services to students with disabilities, and (d) specialist level training dominating among practitioners. Role preferences among practitioners and faculty are in the direction of reduced emphasis on psychoeducational assessment with more emphasis on direct interventions and problem-solving consultation. Overall job satisfaction was positive for both groups; however, higher satisfaction existed among faculty and practitioner dissatisfaction was evident with career advancement opportunities. Overall, practitioners and faculty held positive attitudes toward system reform themes. Results suggest slight changes in the characteristics of school psychologists, stability in the school psychology clientele, and possible significant changes in school psychologists’ roles and services.
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