Volume 29, Issue 1 (2000)
The Course on Individual Cognitive Assessment
Vincent C. Alfonso, Thomas D. Oakland, Regina LaRocca, Alexandra Spanakos
Abstract: Characteristics associated with the graduate level course on individual cognitive assessment—a course required by all accredited school psychology programs throughout the United States—are described. Characteristics include personnel, materials, course and time requirements, and featured topics and tests. Program requirements for preparing students to assess cognitive functioning also are discussed. The data were obtained through a national survey completed by 97 instructors of the course on cognitive assessment. The current study is based upon a previous study conducted more than 12 years ago (Oakland & Zimmerman, 1986) that used similar methodology. The current results are compared to those obtained in 1986. Comparisons indicate that although some changes have occurred,many characteristics of the course remain the same. Thus, school psychology programs are not preparing students in light of recent developments in cognitive theory, test development,and professional guidelines. This information can assist persons responsible for program development to review and modify the course as well as to acquire needed resources for it.
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