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Changing conceptualization of the role of educational psychologists in Singapore
Educational psychology
School psychology
Change in role conceptualization of EP
Self-awareness of EP
Training of educational psychologists
Change agents
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Kit, P. L. (2016). Changing conceptualization of the role of educational psychologists in Singapore. International Journal of School & Educational Psychology, 4(3), 187-200.
Psychology is a young discipline in Singapore. Hence, perceptions of the roles and responsibilities of an Educational Psychologist (EP) are still constantly being negotiated and redefined. This qualitative study examined how role negotiations and redefinitions could be actively facilitated through an experiential and intensive two-day Basic Counseling Skills training course. This course was attended by eight trainee EPs enrolled in the only Masters Level Educational Psychology training program in Singapore. A grounded analysis of their pre-and-post training qualitative questionnaires and focus group discussion revealed the group’s evolving conceptualizations about their roles as EPs from mere test-administrator to a recognition of the need for a more systemic approach in providing intervention. The EPs also recognized their lack of capacity to respond to emotionally-distressed parents with compassion and sensitivity, and acknowledged the value of basic counseling skills training. Implications for training and future research are discussed.
This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in International Journal of School & Educational Psychology. The published version is available online at
2168-3603 (print)
2168-3611 (online)
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