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Why (Not) School Psychology?: a Survey of Undergraduate Psychology Majors' Preferences.

Authors
  • Gischlar, Karen L1
  • 1 Rider University, Bierenbaum-Fisher Hall 202 N, 2083 Lawrenceville Rd, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Contemporary school psychology
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2022
Volume
26
Issue
1
Pages
4–13
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s40688-020-00350-5
PMID: 33495721
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

As the field of school psychology has expanded, the workforce has not, resulting in critical shortages at both the trainer and practitioner levels. Additionally, practitioners who are racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse are underrepresented in the field, despite the growing diversity of our nation's schools. The purpose of this paper was to survey undergraduate psychology majors regarding their preferences for graduate studies and eventual career paths, and to examine the variables that might influence the decision to pursue a degree in school psychology. Findings suggested that exposure to the field in undergraduate studies was the only significant variable in predicting level of interest in pursuing graduate study in school psychology, which is similar to previous research. However, there were differences found by gender and ethnicity that might be informative for recruitment of students to the field. © California Association of School Psychologists 2021.

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