教育心理学年報
Online ISSN : 2186-3091
Print ISSN : 0452-9650
ISSN-L : 0452-9650
Rethinking the Role of the School Psychologist in Japan: Comparison With School Psychologists' Work in Other Countries
Keiko KUMAGAI
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2008 年 47 巻 p. 223-230

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Certification of school psychologists in Japan started in 1997. Now there are about 3, 700 certified school sychologists in Japan. They work in kindergartens, elementary schools, junior high schools, high schools, and special schools, as well as for local educational authorities and counseling centers. But these school psychologists work as teachers, school counselors, and other extra staff, not as school psychologists. Furthermore, school psychologists in Japan usually do not do developmental assessment of children. This situation is very different from that in other countries. The present report reviews school psychologists' work in some other countries and recommends changes in the job responsibilities of school psychologists in Japan. In the U. S. A., UK, and some other countries, school psychologists have much to do with the assessment of children with special educational needs. School psychologists in Japan also should have skills needed for the developmental assessment of students who may have special educational needs, in order to establish a firm status as psychologists.

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