Volume 29, Issue 4 (2000)
Commentary: Deja Vu All Over Again: What Will It Take to Solve Big Instructional Problems
In his article entitled, “School Psychology from an Instructional Perspective: Solving Big,not Little Problems,” Shapiro (2000) argues the need to shift focus from solving instructional problems one-student-at-a-time to systemic interventions that will enhance the capacities of schools to address student’s instructional difficulties. He contends that school psychologists need to focus intensively on early preventive interventions and contends that for a period of time we will need to modify university training programs to create an imbalance in this direction.I found myself in agreement with Shapiro’s arguments, and I found his examples, especially those describing interventions focused upon developing phonemic awareness and self-regulation skills, well-conceived and helpful.
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