Volume 30, Issue 1 (2001)
Undergraduate Students' Perceptions of School Psychology: Findings and Implications
Rich Gilman, Michael L. Handwerk
Abstract. The present study was an initial exploration of the fund and source(s) of knowledge that undergraduate students possess about school psychology. A total of 622 students completed a five-part inventory that assessed their understanding of various psychology disciplines. The responses given for school psychology and clinical psychology were compared across psychology majors, education majors,and “other” majors. Results indicated that although undergraduate students rated their perceived knowledge of school psychology significantly higher than clinical psychology, the mean ratings for both disciplines were low. Undergraduates utilized different sources of information to learn of clinical and school psychology.Both psychology and education majors assigned low priority to school psychology as a graduate school choice. Further, psychology majors rated clinical psychologists as being more involved in individual therapy, assessment, consultation,and research than school psychologists. The implications of these findings as they pertain to future recruitment strategies are discussed.
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