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1st Edition

Multicultural Issues in School Psychology

Edited By

Bonnie K. Nastasi

ISBN 9780789034656
Published November 20, 2006 by Routledge
190 Pages

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Book Description

Make a professional commitment to developing knowledge and awareness of your students' cultural differences.

Multicultural Issues in School Psychology presents theoretical and empirical models that provide a framework for addressing cross-cultural concerns and introducing culturally specific services in school psychology practice. This unique book connects scientific knowledge with practical applications to address issues related to assessment, intervention, consultation, systems/community intervention, home-school partnerships, and the adoption of evidence-based interventions. The book also looks at the school psychologist’s role in multicultural practice and the implications for developing culturally competent practitioners.

Thsi book provides much-needed practical guidance in theory development, research, training, policy, and practice. The books contributors, all active participants in the effort to develop multicultural perspectives and practices in schools, address the importance of an ecological perspective, the broad and varied definitions of culture, the involvement of stakeholders in decision making, innovative approaches to data collection and intervention design, and the reconsideration of the school psychologist’s role.

Multicultural Issues in School Psychology examines:

  • a mixed-methods technique for developing culturally sound assessment tools
  • a culture-specific, peer victimization intervention for addressing the effects of bullying on middle school students
  • the instructional needs of English language learners in non-bilingual settings
  • an illustrative case study of Hmong parents in home-school partnerships
  • various issues concerning multicultural interventions at a system level
  • coding criteria for reviewing, evaluating, and identifying effective interventions
  • and much more

Multicultural Issues in School Psychology is an essential professional resource for counselors and researchers working in the field of adolescent health, particularly drug abuse, and for practicing psychologists, child clinical psychologists, and mental health professionals working in educational settings.

Table of Contents

  • About the Contributors
  • Multicultural Issues in School Psychology Practice: Introduction (Bonnie K. Nastasi)
  • Validating Culture- and Gender-Specific Constructs: A Mixed-Method Approach to Advance Assessment Procedures in Cross-Cultural Settings (John H. Hitchcock, Sreeroopa Sarkar, Bonnie K. Nastasi, Gary Burkholder, Kris Varjas, and Asoka Jayasena)
  • Using a Participatory Culture-Specific Intervention Model to Develop a Peer Victimization Intervention (Kris Varjas, Joel Meyers, Christopher C. Henrich, Emily C. Graybill, Brian J. Dew, Megan L. Marshall, Zachary Williamson, Rebecca B. Skoczylas, and Marty Avant)
  • Targeting English Language Learners, Tasks, and Treatments in Instructional Consultation (Emilia C. Lopez)
  • Home-School Partnerships with Culturally Diverse Families: Challenges and Solutions for School Personnel (Ena Vazquez-Nuttall, Chieh Li, and Jason P. Kaplan)
  • Addressing Cultural Factors in Development of System Interventions (Chryse Hatzichristou, Aikaterini Lampropoulou, and Konstantina Lykitsakou)
  • Multicultural Issues in Evidence-Based Interventions (Colette L. Ingraham and Evelyn R. Oka)
  • Multicultural Issues in School Psychology Practice: A Critical Analysis (Samuel O. Ortiz)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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