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Volume 1, Issue 3 (1972)

A Developmental Approach to School Psychology

pp. 3—7

School psychology as a discipline is at something of a crossroads in its search for a model. Its overall goal is to broaden the effectiveness of schools in taking account of the personality development of children. One approach to this goal has been through a mental health diagnosis and treatment model. In this paper, we shall advocate another model of school psychology, oriented to the newer findings of developmental psychology. In this model the school psychologist’s job, like that of the teacher, is the stimulation of cognitive and emotional development in all children, partly through direct teaching, discussion, and dialogue with students.

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