Volume 9, Issue 3 (1980)
Special Education and School Psychology: Whither the Relationship?
Norman A. Buktenica
ABSTRACT: Relationship between the school psychologists and special educators is explored and questioned.It is noted that each speaks of the other in “we-they” terms, and a pervasive tension exists that needs to be reconciled if appropriate educational planning is to obtain. Present practices in schools, external pressures, and legislative mandates point to movement toward multidisciplinary, collaborative efforts. The relationship between school psychologists and special educators is posited to be at one of three levels: self-actional, interactional, or transactional.The levels represent a continuum from unilateral determination to collaborative,mutual determination of role and function, problem definition and resolution. Implications are noted for persons in the field and for training.
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