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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: National Association of School Psychologists; 3rd edition (August 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932955711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932955715
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Thomas Fagan is Professor of Psychology and Director, School Psychology Program, University of Memphis. Paula Sachs Wise is Professor of Psychology and Coordinator, School Psychology Program, Western Illinois University.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Caven S. Mcloughlin on September 21, 2009
Expectations for an entry-level school psychology text are high. Not only must it provide a realistic and unbiased overview of the field and its history, but it also should be written in an accessible manner that does not assume prior coursework in the field. It must not be limited to one interpretation or theoretical construct for the profession. Further, the text must be engaging and avoid overwhelming readers with an unwarranted level of sophisticated detail.

School Psychology: Past, Present and Future (Fagan & Wise, 2007) undeniably meets these standards. This text--in conjunction with other books, articles, and resources--should seriously be considered by instructors of any introductory school psychology course as a means for introducing students to the field and developing a solid foundation from which to further develop skills in more advanced coursework.

A prerequisite for establishing and maintaining one's professional identity is understanding where the field of school psychology has been, where it is, and where it may be headed. Fagan & Wise (2007) provide readers with the tools and information necessary to build this understanding and ultimately impact the development of their own professional identity and that of the field as a whole.

From: Mcloughlin, C. S. & Noltemeyer, A. L. (2009, September 1). Appraising school psychology's past, present and future: An essay review. Education Review, 12(11). [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on February 24, 2013
I did not care for this book. It was required reading for one of my graduate courses. I thought it was very bland and difficult to read. School Psychology is an exciting profession, but this book (in my first semester) gave me dread as opposed to excitement when I first read it. I understand why it is required reading, but maybe when they revise it they could add some enthusiasm and well... maybe some pictures?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stella Nera on January 9, 2014
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Fagan evidently has no capacity to discern relevant from irrelevant information. Statistical data is presented with little context. Diagrams do nothing to illustrate concepts discussed. Pretty sure he was getting paid by the word.
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Most of the content is a good overview of the roles and expectations of the school psychologist. However, a lot of the content is "for further reading, go to...." It also pushes the doctoral degree, which in nearly all employment places (namely schools)is not at all necessary. It covers the certification process several times per chapter, which gets very redundant. The authors are also a bit dramatic, repeatedly saying how school psych's must realize that the decisions they make are definitive and impact someone's life for eternity. Well, that's only kind-of right; yes, we are making important decisions, but they are not ones that the whole world depend on. You will have help making the decisions, and if you make a mistake, learn from it, and adjust the diagnosis/treatment/etc as needed. I have not seen anything encouraging in this book. I'm training to be a school psychologist, not a brain surgeon.

In short, if the book had been condensed and less "technical" and more encouraging, my review would be different.
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By Wanda N. Harris on December 30, 2013
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I love all my psychology books that allows me to study, learn, research, and explore the various areas of psychology.
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