A Lack of Exposure to School Psychology Within Undergraduate Psychology Coursework

Joel O. Bocanegra, Aaron A. Gubi, Gregory L. Callan, Sally Grapin, John McCall

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Abstract

School psychology is experiencing a personnel shortage crisis, and scholars suggest that a possible contributing factor is its underrepresentation in undergraduate psychology curricula. Most school psychology trainers do not teach at the undergraduate level, thus undergraduate psychology students may not be adequately exposed to school psychology during undergraduate training. Research suggests that increased knowledge and exposure to school psychology are associated with increased intentions for school psychology. In the current study, 55 undergraduate students completed measures of knowledge, exposure, self-efficacy, outcome expectations, and choice intentions at the beginning and end of professional psychology courses. Results indicated that students enrolled in undergraduate psychology courses did not demonstrate significant increases in the aforementioned areas for school psychology. Efforts such as creating school psychology–specific courses or infusing material should be made to increase the representation of school psychology in undergraduate psychology curricula.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-214
Number of pages7
JournalTeaching of Psychology
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Psychology(all)

Keywords

  • knowledge
  • psychology
  • school psychology
  • shortage
  • undergraduate courses

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