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Volume 10, Issue 2 (1981)

Small Group Synthesis, Group A

pp. 285—289

The concept of a proactive stance is a theme whose time has come not only in society but in psychology as well. Recent research in psychology on reading, the nature of the infant’s interaction with its environment, and cognition suggests a shift during the 1960s - 1970s away from reaction to action as the phenomenon to be studied (Tyler, 1978). The theme of action has been part of the Symposium since William Bevan’s keynote address. Indeed, the group which was gathered was selected in part for its high level of positive activity within the field of school psychology. It is a characteristic that unifies us all: practitioner, state consultant, supervisor,and trainer. In a way, the focus on the theme to the participants seems a bit like a PTA president chiding an audience of parents for the failure of those absent not to appear.

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