Volume 16, Issue 1 (1987)
Could We, Should We, Will We? A Response to Bardon and Lambert
Thomas K. Fagan
It is very gratifying to gain the compliments and constructive criticisms of my work by such widely known leaders in the field. Bardon and Lambert identify the main thrust of my piece for the American Psychologist (Ap) - the need to work together calmly and patiently toward whatever future school psychology chooses.There is some risk in taking a calm approach to such matters as NASP/APA relations and in making some of the suggestions in that paper even though I did not specifically support them (e.g., NASP and Division 16 merge after reaching joint resolution).I have already learned that some perceive the article as supporting their position on the doctoral level because I had predicted the field might “go doctoral” in the long run. The problem of people reading their own agendae into my ideas is one that I can never hope to overcome. And it may be true that taking a calm, yet realistic,approach has left something in the article for everyone who cares to seek it.The article is clear, however, that I consider the APA position on the doctoral issue to be unrealistic given the present state of school psychology. The possibility that this position might be less unrealistic in the future is not an endorsement on my part of the APA position.
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