Master's Theses

Department

Psychology

Degree Name

Education Specialist (Ed.S)

Abstract

This study is an analysis of current practices of School Psychologists in the area of early childhood/preschool assessment. Surveys were sent by mail to school psychologists who were members of former members of the Kansas Association of School Psychologists. One-hundred seventy-eight surveys were returned, for a response rate of 19%. Eighty percent of the respondents had received training in early childhood during their post-secondary education, as opposed to 45% in previous research. Additionally, 40% of respondents indicated that they received training in their graduate program in courses that were offered with students form other disciplines. School Psychologists report that behavioral observation is the most frequently offered service while file review and parent/teacher interviews were the most common practices. Surprisingly, many instruments develop especially for the early childhood population were not frequently used. Supplemental results also indicated that respondents with more years of practice were less likely to have had training in early childhood during their training program than those who reported fewer years of practice.

Advisor

Heath Marrs

Date of Award

Spring 2009

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access

Rights

© 2009 Brandi J. Hockman

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